Date: 6/20/20 7:49 pm
From: Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Unknown high fliers in Montpelier today
I agree with Charlie that these were Ring-billed Gulls. Today, when I
passed by at around 2:00, there were around 20 sitting on the sandbars
north of the Main St. bridge. I'd been watching them fly up and down the
valley from around noon on, from the balcony of my apartment. I double
checked my identification on several individuals in the vicinity today by
both call and sight.

Reminds me of the sea.


On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 9:49 PM Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...>

> I would guess ring-billed gulls. They follow the Winooski River upstream
> from the Champlain Valley during the summer. Harvesting an insect hatch in
> the air is not unreasonable for them at all. Have observed them doing that
> a number of times. There have been a number of r-b gulls in downtown Barre
> over the last week. I wonder if they ever take advantage of thermal
> updrafts to gain height before cruising back along the river. I think you
> are probably spot on.
> Charlie La Rosa
> So. Washington
> On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 7:40 PM John Snell <jrsnelljr...> wrote:
> > While at the Farmers Market today at noon, I became aware of a half dozen
> > fairly large white birds flying high over the city, mainly soaring and
> > circling and not much wing flapping. They were just high enough that I
> > could not make out any field markings other than their overall white
> > undersides.
> >
> > They were shortly joined by another two dozen of the same exhibiting the
> > same soaring behavior. They then disappeared! Not by flying away but by
> > flying even higher—to the point where I could no longer see them.
> >
> > I thought maybe gulls of some sort. Harvesting an insect hatch seems
> > possible but an unlikely gull activity. I’d appreciate thoughts as this
> one
> > is beyond my limited skills as a birder.
> >
> > Still learning to see,
> >
> > John Snell
> >
> >
> > <>
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> >

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