Monday, 4 December 2017

OFO Gull Weekend

On December 3rd I went down to Niagara Falls to join the OFO Gull trip in the hopes of seeing the long-staying Black-legged Kittiwake. I had been the previous day but failed to see the Kittiwake so I definitely wasn't leaving without that bird!

The first stop of the trip was the Sir Adam Beck generating station, unfortunately, the google maps directions I had printed off were no good and it took us a good hour to find the parkway. We were finally able to locate the group at the falls. On the short walk to the falls, I got brief views of Tufted Titmouse and Red-bellied Woodpecker. As we got to the falls I heard a birder call out that they had a Black-legged Kittiwake. Unfortunately, he lost the bird immediately after. After what felt like an hour of searching I finally saw it. It immediately stood out from the Ring-billeds and Bonapartes because of it's contrasting back.

Black-legged Kittiwake (Jack Farley)
The Kittiwake put on quite the show and I was able to watch it for quite some time as it flew around the falls.

Black-legged Kittiwake (Jack Farley)

Black-legged Kittiwake (Jack Farley)

 Just as everybody was getting ready to leave the Kittiwake a Peregrine Falcon flew across carrying a Bonaparte's Gull in its' talons.
Peregrine Falcon carrying a Bonaparte's Gull (Jack Farley)
Other good birds along the river included Iceland Gull (both Kumlien's and Thayer's), Great Black-backed Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and even a Snowy Owl!
"Kumlien's" Iceland Gull (Ethan Gosnell)

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Ethan Gosnell)

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