Date: 3/27/18 6:23 am From: Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Buckhorn Res. Lesser Black-backed Gulls
Stopped by Buckhorn Reservoir in Wilson County at sunrise this morning. From the boat ramp, was able to count the gulls sitting on the water. There were two main rafts of birds with both being made up of all Lesser Black-backeds! There were only a couple of handfuls of Herring Gulls mixed in with them. I counted 307 Lessers and 14 Herrings. All age classes were present, and some of the adults were in fine plumage with clean heads and bright bills. Quite a few of the adults were very dark backed. Within thirty minutes the birds started flying around and by 8:00 they had dispersed and only 20-30 were left over the lake. This must have been some kind of staging before moving on. I do not remember ever seeing anything quite like this with Lessers. An amazing total for anywhere in NC, especially inland!