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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Glacous Gull and friends

Stopped by Peace Valley and Tullytown on my way into the office today. Peace Valley had lots of Canada Goose, including one that was temptingly small and boxy-headed, and may have been a Cackling Goose.

At Tullytown I saw a Glacous Gull, Great Cormorant, and Fish Crow for my year list. Also two and possibly three Iceland Gulls. One was pretty dark looking, especially on the primaries, making me wonder if it might be a Thayer's Gull, but I ended up thinking it was probably just a dark Kumlein's Iceland Gull. Tens of thousands of gulls were over the dump and on the river, making it a challenge to find the more unusual gulls mixed in.

At the office, a Purple Finch and Eastern Towhee were highlights at the feeders.

Daily List: 47 species (235% of Bird RDA)
2008 List: 217 species
BIGBY List: 46 species

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