Hi all, Jack Chaillet, Tessa Rhinehart, and I chased the Franklin's Gull at Lake Somerset this evening. We had the bird opposite the south boat launch, foraging in the shallows on the other side of the lake. This is very far away from the viewpoint, so a scope is recommended, although we initially found the bird using binoculars.
The continuing basic plumage Common Loon was also still present, below the dam.
Afterwards, we birded Vought Rock Rd. on Mt. Davis for nocturnal birds. Highlights were 2 Barred Owls calling distantly, a flushed American Woodcock, 4 species of calling thrushes (Wood, Veery, Hermit, and robin), a Black-and-white Warbler, and 8 Eastern Whip-poor-wills. The Whips were very vocal, extremely active, and quite approachable; we were able to observe a couple courtship displays and get great looks at them as they sat on the road.
In addition, Jack's bat detector allowed us to identify both Big Brown Bat and Evening Bat, both on Vought Rock Road. Farther up the road near the Mt. Davis summit, we had a calling Northern Flying Squirrel.
Although we got home late, a great and different experience in birding at night in the mountains.