Date: 10/17/20 11:41 am From: John M. <akjohnm...> Subject: Re: [AKBirding] ROSS' GULL Kenai Flats 10/16
Ross's Gull just photographed again this morning at a lower tide drifting alone past dock next to boat ramp. Thanks for the heads up Toby and Laura!
On Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 18:34 Toby Burke <kenaibirder...> wrote:
> At 4:30 PM near the height of a 24.93' high tide we observed an adult > ROSS' GULL on the Kenai Flats from the Port of Kenai (Boat Launch Road) > viewable from the Tarbox Wildlife Viewing Platform and City Dock area. The > bird was partial to roosting on floating logs and feeding adrift along the > shoreline and backwaters with a few Mew Gulls nearby. At 5:15 PM a Mew Gull > chased the bird away but it landed up river on a log 1/3 of a mile away and > was drifting back down river toward where we originally found it. Photos > will be posted on eBird tonight. > > The bird had a distinctive very short, stubby black bill; red legs and > feet; pointed, diamond- shaped white tail; the remnants of a dark collar; > very rounded head; pink sheen to the white breast noticeable even in poor > light; dark shadowing around the black eye; and the mantle of the bird was > a very light gray. Nearby Mew Gulls were substantially larger. The bird > stands out being it is so small and lightly colored. > > The Kenai Flats will experience the highest tides of the year the next two > days (Saturday and Sunday). Most of the upland portions of the Flats will > be inundated as the early morning tide (in the dark) and evening tides > approach 26'. > > There is a previous record of Ross's Gull on the Kenai Peninsula, an > unconfirmed sight record of a bird viewed from the Homer Spit on June 10, > 1988 by George C. West. > > Toby and Laura Burke > Kenai, AK > >