|Hammond Marina harbor mouth seen from fishing pier at north side of Whihala Park; 27 FEB 2011|
|Adult Kumlien's Gull (L.g. kumlieni). Hammond Marina; 27 FEB 2011.|
It was quickly chased off by the Kumlien's. Once the Kumlien's escorted the Thayer's out of the harbor vicinity it returned to its perch, verifying for me an established winter territory. The Thayer's returned again and was chased off a second time!
I returned to observe the Kumlien's Gull for the next couple of weeks and on my last visit for the winter season, sure enough, it was still present holding firm to its perch. I tempted it one last time with some bread in which it sampled with little interest. The Ring-billeds came in as well and much of what happened a few weeks prior took place again, but with much less intensity on the Kumlien's part.
Adult Kumlien's, Hammond Marina; 13 March 2011.
I'll be looking forward to seeing this guy next year - same time, same place! If I might add, the color and extent of gray on the outer webs of the outer primaries on this bird is my favorite stage for Kumlien's. It reminds me of my lifer adult Kumlien's that I observed on a very memorable day of watching gulls on Lake Michigan.