Steve: Laughing gulls would be quite rare up there in the winter months I think.
On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 1:28 PM, Stephen Johnson via VA-bird < <va-bird...> wrote:
> > Hello birders, > > The Northern Shrike showed up today at Sully Woodlands. > > I have a gull ID question, please. Every morning in the winter, I see > scores or hundreds of gulls flying over Sully Woodlands towards NW. In the > afternoon they return SE. I have always assumed they were a common inland > winter gull, Ring-billed. > > This morning, I saw a flock of similar-sized gulls flying NW as usual. > They all had black hoods like Laughing or Bonaparte's. Is there any good > reason to eliminate one of those two species? Unfortunately I saw no other > obvious field marks. > > Question number 2, (gulp), is it possible I've been misidentifying > hundreds of gulls during the past few winters - were they likely Laughing > or Bonaparte's? > > Final topic, the county burned another parcel (section) of the big meadow > here yesterday. After last winter's burn, there were many hundreds of > birds foraging in the burned area for several days - lots of RW Blackbirds > and Robins, but also a good 8-10 species taking advantage. But today, one > day after the recent burn, not much of anything. I don't think there were > as many birds in the burned area today, as in similar areas outside of it. > > Very interesting - my best guess is it's the season. The birds have so > many other good sources for food, they're not interested this time. Any > thoughts on that, anyone? > > Cheers, > Steve Johnson > Fairfax, Virginia > > *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <sheagordontiller...> If you > wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit > https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** > *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <lists...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***