OWLS & OTHERS FROM THE NORTH SHORE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE USA

I'm an avid birder and nature photographer wishing to share some of my sightings & images taken while out in the "wilds" of Cape Ann and surrounding New England countryside. More images can be found on my web site at New England Birds Plus Enjoy, Phil Brown


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Salisbury Beach State Reservation - Nov. 14, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised to find an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull roosting in the last parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation on the 14th during high tide. There have been several recent reports along the coast in the past few weeks from the NH border down through Cape Ann.  


A brief video as it moved around the parking lot and preened.


At one point a couple with a dog, on a leash!, moved the gulls from the last parking area to the next further north.


The yellow eye, legs and bill along with the dark gray back and wings make this gull stand out among the others. It's size is comparable to a Herring Gull, making it much smaller than a Great Black-backed Gull.


Once in the northern parking lot, with fewer cars and people the gulls were much more easily approached.


Allowing for a few closeups of this winter plumaged adult.


It appeared quite bored with the whole thing...:)