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Location
Turner's Falls--Unity Park, Franklin County, Massachusetts, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:45 PM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
2
Duration:
3 hour(s), 5 minute(s)
Observers:
Michael Schall
Comments:
mostly sunny skies, light winds, warm at 45"F. My wife and I arrived and walked up to a small crowd of birders who told us they had not seen the Yellow-legged gull. Five minutes later, someone spotted the gull on a sheet of floating ice not too far away. It was the continuing possible Yellow-legged Gull. I started shooting photos as the bird preened and the ice sheet floated towards the dam. It eventually flew across the water to rest with other gulls. About 30 to 40 people showed up and saw the gull while we were there.
Species
13 species (+1 other taxa) total
250
11
2
60
1
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
1
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
1
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown
2
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female 1
Sex Unknown
75
225
1

adult

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
34
1
Larus sp.

Note, this bird was not accepted as a Yellow-legged Gull by record committee
But some may still feel the ID was correct. I will leave my notes as were originally written.
continuing mega rarity. We were glad we made the 4.5 hour drive to see this gull despite the talk of a possible hybrid. It will be interesting to see if the Massachusetts record committee accepts this bird. My wife and I initially saw the bird at maybe 50 meters for a few minutes and then watched it for the next 3 hours amongst the distant gull flock. Referring to the Sibley guide, it matches very closely to the description and pictures. What I learned from others at Unity Park is that if this bird were seen in Europe or even in Newfoundland there would be no doubt that it is a pure Yellow-legged Gull. The gull was standing on a sheet of ice floating close to shore when we first saw it. The bright yellow legs and bill are the first thing you notice. I started taking photos of the bird as it was preening and we even watched it take a drink. I followed the floating ice as it drifted towards the dam knowing it would fly at some time. I was able to take flight shots. Hopefully my photos will be helpful to the experts trying to decide if this is a Yellow-legged Gull or a hybrid. The gull was similar in size to the Herring Gulls, the mantle was a shade darker than an adult Herring Gull but not black like the Great Black-backed Gulls. The legs and feet were bright yellow. The bill was bright yellow with a red gony spot, The head and neck were pure white with zero streaking anywhere. the eye has a red orbital ring. The wing tips show extensive and sharply contrasting black.