Date: 4/12/18 9:44 am From: Frank Lehman <frank.lehman...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Arlington Reservoir -- Blue-Winged Teal, Lesser Black-Backed Gull (?)
I birded Arlington Reservoir this morning, and in addition to the wonderful encounter with my FOY Palm Warblers and Butter-butts, I spotted a few somewhat unusual birds for the location.
First, a candidate for Lesser Black-Backed Gull in breeding plumage. It was hanging out with a flock of mixed gulls right on the pond by the parking lot. I'm definitely not a gull expert, but this bird, which was roughly the size of a Herring Gull, with pretty dark back and very bright yellow legs, caught my attention immediately. I managed to get some poor but probably diagnostic photos of the bird, posted to eBird. I defer to the experts on this one, but thought I'd share anyway.
Second, there was a single Blue-Winged Teal--unusual but not super rare for this location. It was associating with a pair of Mallards, not too far from the northern edge of the pond, where there also happened to be a few Green-Winged Teals and Black Ducks. Also on the pond, 5 Ring-Necked Ducks, 3 Wood Ducks, about 10 Buffleheads, and a few pairs of Mute Swans.
All in all, a great morning!
-- Frank Lehman, Assistant Professor of Music, Tufts University Director of Undergraduate Studies, Coordinator of Music Theory tufts.academia.edu/FrankLehman