Monday, December 31, 2012
Gulls and 'Larkspurs' Weekend - 29-30 Dec 2012
Arriving at the Tyler Rd. Visteon HQ I saw 1000+ gulls along the west shore of Grace Lake. In the parking lot on the east end of the lake were several cars and birders w/ scopes: Jacco Gelderloos, Erik Enbody, Kevin Welch, John Lowry and Todd Palgut. We scoped the gulls in the fading light of the afternoon, but failed to see any potential Slaty-backed Gulls. We did, however, see several Great Black-backed Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Glaucous Gulls, Iceland Gulls and a Kumlien's Gull among the hundreds of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.
I returned to the pond on Sunday morning and found the gull flock along the east side of the lake. Staying in the car I used binoculars to scan the flock for the Slaty-back, but only saw Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed, Glaucous and Iceland Gulls. After only about 10 minutes gunshots were heard off in the distance, but loud enough to scatter the entire flock for the rest of the day.
I would return to the Visteon HQ / Grace Lake and find only a handfull of gulls on the water. Time to head home.