Date: 3/27/18 6:49 am
From: \Harry E. LeGrand Jr\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Buckhorn Res. Lesser Black-backed Gulls
A total of 321 gulls and nary a RIng-billed Gull? Anywhere else inland, a group of that many gulls would nearly all be RBG -- like at Lake Crabtree. Must have been some Ring-billeds that you simply didn't mention in your posting.

Harry LeGrand

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> On Mar 27, 2018, at 9:22 AM, Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> 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!
> --
> Ricky Davis
> Rocky Mount, NC
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