Friday, November 25, 2016
Low-light Birding - 25 Nov 2016
Today was a carbon copy of last weekend, with less wind. That meant dark skies, drizzle, cool. I decided to bird Monroe Co. again, anyways. I would be thankful for using 4K video to record most of today's action.
Greg Links reported as many as 17 LBBG's later in the day among thousands of gulls from the nearby landfill. Now is a great time to look for them before the inland waters freeze. He even gave a short summary of the history of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Ohio and Michigan:
"A brief history of the Lesser Black-backed Gull and its expansion in our area - the 1st one ever for Ohio was discovered in Cleveland in 1977, "only" about 40 years ago. Lou Campbell found the first local one a year later, and Michigan's 1st came a year after that. "Birds of the Toledo Area" by Anderson et al (published 2002) remarked that 5 individuals seen on a couple of different days was still noteworthy. Today, they are easy to find almost anywhere the larger gulls frequent in the winter and it is more unusual NOT to see them in the double digits, if you know where to look. Great Black-backeds, while still regular, are now significantly less numerous than Lessers in our area in the winter. Remarkable how things can change, and in a relative hurry."
Luna Pier was void of waterfowl, as well. As was Bolles Harbor.