A check of the weather put a damper on my plans (pun intended), so I kept it local with Prospect and Bush Terminal Parks. I wasn't disappointed, enjoy the sights...
|As per the alerts of eBird and the various birding groups I creep around, 2 of the 3 snow geese remain at the upper pool.|
|Both birds are immature, this ones face is stained from feeding among the mud an reeds, something that commonly happens when your plumage is white and you feed on vegetation.|
|These birds are "white morph" snow geese- as opposed to the "blue morph" that has a darker grey body. Once these two birds are mature they will be white as snow, with black primary feathers.|
|A little bit of bickering isn't unheard of, especially when you are among a pond of 150+ Canada Geese.|
|At Bush Terminal Park, I came to find what I was looking for... one of these gulls is not like the other ones... lacking the typical black wing-tips, this white-winged gull is a (edited) Iceland gull.|
|The plumage of this gull suggests it is a juvenile. As an adult they would still have white wing tips.|
|Among a motley crew of herring, great black baked gulls, and a cormorant... can you find him?|
|There were quite a few gadwall present, many were very active, vocalizing and displaying.|
|A male on the left displays, white another male vocalizes and the females assesses.|
|The male associating closest to the female doesn't seem to care for the other male.|
|On the other side of the park, bufflehead, lesser scaup, and ruddy ducks gathered (as well as a few more gadwall). The buffleheads are so small, but their ego always seems far larger.|
I hope everyone had a really great holiday weekend, and can cram in some last minute birding before 2016 is up!