Date: 4/1/17 6:43 pm From: Nicholas Lund <nicholas.lund...> Subject: [MDBirding] Little and Black-headed Gulls at Diamond Point Rd. -- Back River
Jason Hoeksema and I refound an alternative adult Black-headed Gull in the flats in the Back River from Diamond Point Rd. this afternoon at 4pm. The bird stood out among the hundreds of Bonaparte's Gulls as having a complete hood (I don't think we saw any Bonies that didn't have at least some remnant white spotting on the hood, and the vast majority are still basic plumaged), and blood-red legs as compared to the candy red Bonie legs.
Scanning through the flock we were also lucky to spot a basic plumage adult Little Gull, easily identifiable in flight with very dark underwings. The bird was very easily lost in the crowd when it was not flying, but it was noticeably smaller than the Bonaparte's. We saw both these birds from the Back River Restoration Boom Site, but were only able to refind the BHGU when we tried to move closer.
Also present were a single Caspian Tern, Peregrines, Osprey, and Bald Eagles, a singing Palm Warbler, and other welcome signs of spring.
Good birding, Nick Lund Alexandria, DC
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