Date: 3/27/18 3:10 pm
From: Brian Patteson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Buckhorn Res. Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Lesser Black-backs are taking over here in the 21st Century.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC

> On Mar 27, 2018, at 12:34 PM, Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> Ricky did e-mail me and said there were about 110 Ring-billed Gulls at Buckhorn. Makes me feel better! Still, as he said: "I have not heard any
> sighting where Lessers outnumbered Ring-billeds 3 to 1!"
> Harry LeGrand
> On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 10:07 AM, Christopher Hill <Chill...> <mailto:<Chill...>> wrote:
> I don’t necessarily agree about the ring-bills - even a couple weeks ago the thousands of adult Ring-bills had left the landfill at Conway, SC, leaving only a scant couple hundred straggling immatures. And this week I have seen internet photos of Ring-bills at their nesting colonies in the great lakes.
> There is a window in spring when the large white-headed gulls greatly outnumber the Ring-bills. Weird, but it does happen.
> Chris Hill
> Conway, SC
> > On Mar 27, 2018, at 9:48 AM, Harry E. LeGrand Jr <carolinabirds...> <mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
> >
> > 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
> > Raleigh
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Mar 27, 2018, at 9:22 AM, Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> <mailto:<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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