Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A spate of rare gulls

Two ICELAND GULLS outnumbered a single BLACK HEADED GULL along Brooklyn's north- northwestern shore.

The BLACK HEADED GULL put in its appearance at Gull hotspot pier Veterans pier ( which yesterday was Mew turf). It helps having the Owls Head sewage treatment center there.Zach Weinstein observed the rarity.

Then the double report of ICELAND GULLS to the north. One was found at Brooklyn Army Terminal pier; the second Iceland is in the Williamsburg section ,at the end of North 3rd Street,a continuing bird. See the Ebird trax for the observers.

Addendum:  There was apparently a third ( or maybe the same one) seen at River Ave in the Greenpoint /Williamsburgh area, on the water rocks, a likely 1st year bird , observed by Joe Girgente who posted the photos on the facebook closed group North American Gulls

Subject: Black-headed Gull, veterans memorial pier, Brooklyn
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:54:45 +0000
X-Message-Number: 3

I observed and photographed a black-headed gull at Veterans Memorial Pier
this afternoon. I’ll upload photos to eBird later. It flew off about 30
minutes ago and has not returned. I haven’t found anything i’d Be
comfortable calling a Mew Gull.

Albany (usually)
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein