……and joined the other Gulls on the water a few feet below me. This first winter was a small individual with a bright pink bill, represented the smaller range of this species.
East Main Street heading Northeast.
…..and landed on the edge of the pier only a few feet away. (In fact I had to back up because the bird was too close for my lens). I tossed the bird one of the scraps and it pounced on it immediately.
After it made a quick meal of the scrap, it walked right up to me begging (or insisting) for another scrap…….
The Gull stayed on the dock and walked around and mingled with the workers as if it were the dock boss.
More images of the Glaucous Gull......
While I was standing there talking with Sal who was on his break, I looked up and saw two soaring Glaucous Gulls. Both birds were first winter; one being nearly all-white and the other barred/beige.
Within a few minutes. The beige bird appeared and circled around the inner harbor many times. This Gull appeared to be more cautious than the large white bird, and certainly not as casual as the small white Gull.
two Iceland Gulls
I ended up with 27 (maybe more) Iceland Gulls (4 adults- 1 third winter) (9 together at Jodreys Fish Pier at the south of the pier on the rocks-low tide- 1 second winter, eight first winter) plus 3 additional in the inner harbor, 1 at Wonson Cove, 2 at Niles Beach, 3 in Niles Pond, 2 flying across Eastern Point heading west while I was walking on the Dogbar Breakwater, and 7 together on the beach and in the rocks at Brace Cove. All the immature birds were first winter ranging from all white to barred dusky. One bird was quite dusky gray overall.
5 Glaucous Gulls (all immys-2 barred/beige and 3 all-white) - 3 together at the Whole Foods processing plant at the beginning of Jodreys (on the piers, driveway behind the plant and on the roof), 1 roosting in the rocks with the 9 Iceland Gulls, 1 flying over and across the harbor while I was photographing the 3. It eventually flew over the city and headed NE. One of the all white first winter birds was quite tame, and was use to being fed by the dock workers from Whole Foods. This Gull had been hanging around me and would allow me to get really close (too close to take pictures) for a few hours. I offered the small white Glaucous Gull fish scraps which it took from my fingers a few times! That was fun!
The majority of the Gulls on the pier and in the harbor were Herring Gulls 95 percent. I couldn't find any gull that was different (bill/leg color- plumage). I also could not find the third winter Slaty-backed Gull that we saw last week.
Ring-necked Ducks- 18
Ruddy Ducks- 5
Hooded Mergansers- 7
Late February Birding continues with this upcoming report that will be posted soon: