Date: 4/12/18 12:55 pm
From: Shea Tiller via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Shrike update; gull ID question; burn results (Fairfax County)
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
>
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