Gulls, Damn Gulls!

Alix and Paul had a 100% Thayer’s Gull at Dennis Point, Lower West Pubnico on December 8th so, naturally, I was there the next day. Mike came too and we spent a fair amount of time freezing, the gulls were in a very naughty mood. A Bald Eagle playfully shuffled the pack regularly but little by way of munchies was coming out of the pipe, and so the birds were a bit slow to come close. Late in the afternoon the birds did come in a bit, perhaps something was going on beneath the waves to influence this, and we did eventually see a good batch of gulls, some of which were quite puzzling.

I don’t see why we should be the only puzzled gull watchers, so here are some shots with comments.

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A bit Thayer’s looking but the primaries are a shade on the grey side. Nice dark eye though.

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Mmmm.

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The dark end of Kumlien’s.

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Be interesting to see this one next winter – just a Kumlien’s though.

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Never seen a Kumlien’s with quite such a well-defined shawl.

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Different for sure.

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Oddly shaped bird, would have liked a flight shot here.

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Another dark eyed bird, not black enough on the primaries.

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Thayer’s front end, Kumlien’s back.

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Mmm2

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Nice and neat Kumlien’s.

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Above and below, both American Herring Gulls.

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We didn’t see THE bird though.

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