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...:)