Date: 4/1/18 12:57 pm From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Subject: [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull continues at Back River 4/1
We were up there around noon today, and the Black-headed was giving good views from the Reclamation Site on Diamond Point Rd. Initially it was with a flock on Bonaparte’s on the water about 100 yards out, then flew over closer and fed just in front of the reed bed directly across the river, immediately downstream of the Rt. 695 bridge. A Caspian Tern was also seen. We drove around to various vantage points up and downstream from the Eastern Ave. bridge and estimate about 4-500 Bonaparte’s Gulls on the river.
Barry had a brief view of what he is sure was a first-cycle Little Gull swimming in the more distant flock- showing a great deal of dark brown in the folded wing - but it disappeared into the milling flock and could not be relocated.
Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
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> On Mar 31, 2018, at 3:14 PM, Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> wrote:
> I made a brief stop at Diamond Point along the Back River this morning, quickly finding the previously reported Black-headed Gull on the mudflats with about 350 Bonaparte's Gulls. I viewed the bird at rest and in flight, seeing the reddish-tinged bill (evident only with scope views), the full hood and the black underside of the middle primaries (seen in flight). I got much briefer views of an immature Little Gull walking on the mudflats, which I quickly lost and was unable to relocate as the gulls moved about on the mudflats. Most of the gulls weren't flying, but there was quite a bit of walkng around as the birds foraged on the mud and shallow water. The Black-headed Gull was in view the entire time I was there, however. Good birding.
> Fred Shaffer
> Crofton, Anne Arundel
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