7:00 am- Starting at the Narragansett Town Pier, there were seven
Bonaparte's Gulls working the breaker line and fishing.
find anything other than the common species.
I walked over to the rocky point and sat near the gulls. I couldn't find any of the Black-headed Gulls. A minute later this adult landed on the rocks near where I was sitting.
I searched for the second adult B-h Gull and couldn't locate it. I knew it would be nearby since the two birds have been almost inseparable that morning.
Bingo! The second adult showed itself a few feet away from the one adult. It was below to the left, it's head visible behind the rock as it preened.....again two birds in the same image.
After fifteen minutes of watching and photographing, most of the Gulls lifted off the roost with the Greater Black-backed and Herring Gulls flying off to the nearby working trawlers, while the Ring-billed and the two Black-headed Gulls flew back to the Treatment Plant tank.
swimming in the harbor, a feeding flock of Red-breasted Mergansers, and Eiders.....
.......and a single Song Sparrow hanging around the docks.
Block Island Ferry (11;00 am) - with strong westerly winds and the
very rough sea conditions and looking directly into the very bright
sun, I only had limited viewing from the upper deck of the smaller
ferry behind a small compartment avoiding the mass amount of spray
coming over the upper deck. There were Harbor Seals lounging around the docks.....
A single Razorbill flys by a Common Loon.......
......followed by another Razorbill and Loon......
Loons and Gannets were in great abundance.
The balance of the large alcids were in the calmer waters on the eastern side of Block.
They flew in singles, pairs, trios, small groups like this pair of Common Murre....
.....and one larger group of over thirty-six birds. Images below are some of the Razorbill and Common Murre from the large flock that was scattered in the area.
In the Harbor there were good close-up views of a Black, Surf, and White-winged Scoter, Eiders, Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Goldeneye. On Block Island- since our main reason for going to Block was for sea birds and for Gulling, we didn't notice too many land birds as we were driving around except for two Coopers Hawks (one adult- one juv.) and three Harriers at different sides of the Island.
Basin, Payne’s Dock, North Light, Settlers Rock, etc) we didn't find
any White-winged or Lesser Black-backed, Bonapartes, Kittiwakes, etc.), just the common species. But we did find plenty of Common Goldeneyes….
We came home on the 5:30 pm, so no return trip birding, just a nice quiet nap after a fantastic day of birding at these breathtaking locations! The