23 January 2016

Kumlien's The Word

Yesterday, Michael Brothers, Jim Danzenbaker, Steve Howell and I led the Gull Fly-In at Daytona Beach Shores in Volusia County, Florida. Steve suggested we split our large group up according to skill level and off we went. As I was walking south with my squad I spotted - for the second day in a row - a 1st cycle Kumlien's Iceland Gull. This was a more classic-shaped bird, but oddly, it had a rather bi-colored bill. This after me lecturing a few hours earlier at one of my talks about how 1st cycle Kumlien's keep black bills in the winter and Glaucous Gulls have pink bases to their bills. That'll teach me not to use the word "usually" as a disclaimer.

Kumlien's Gull (1st cycle). Volusia County, FL. Only Florida's second KUGU of the season.

Nothing else to speak of other than a few LBBGs & GBBGs:

3rd cycle type GBBG with adult HERGs and adult LAGU.

1st cycle GBBG.

3rd cycle type LBBG with adult HERG.

Adult & 2nd cycle type LBBG with adult HERGs.