Date: 4/16/18 7:19 am
From: Ann Brice (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Lesser Black-b, Gulls feed at 30 km; some nos, to our north now
I don't believe there is a landfill near Buckhorn. I know the Wilson
county landfill is on Hwy 42 just east of Wilson. I think the gulls are
coming in from the coast to roost on the lake during bad weather. It is
usually foggy or overcast or a front moving through when I see large
numbers of gulls at Buckhorn. I went out there the next evening after
Ricky's sightings and I saw one gull on the whole lake.

It is about 90 miles from the Pamlico and Neuse rivers to Buckhorn
reservoir, but it appears to be the first large body of water west of the

Ann Brice
Wilson, NC

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 3:17 AM, Frank Enders <carolinabirds...>

> Looking at the internet, I found that in Finland breeding LBBG would go
> 30-40 km away to feed; at fur farms, individuals flying over OK feeding
> spots to go to their "favorites" (stealing penned animals' food). Some
> other individual LBBG would stick to more-natural sources of food.
> And, just this last week, some 40 or 100 (cannot remember at which site)
> LBBG were seen at the Northampton County Landfill in PA, and at Irondequoit
> Bay, Lake Ontario (site of a recent fishkill).
> I do not know about landfills near Buckhorn Lake in WIlson County.
> And, ebird did not seem to have any double-digit numbers of LBBG since R.
> Davis located that fantastic flock of 300 at Buckhorn (though, as
> noted,some just showed up on the birdlines).
> Supposedly the LBBG here are from a Greenland population, but I did not
> see any numbers in eBird in Newfoundland or Greenland, just the usual
> single digit reports for Iceland (bigger nos. in Europe, as expected).
> Frank Enders, Halifax, NC

Ann Brice

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