Lesser Black-backed Gull

Angie, Sam, and I went to Lake Dardanelle and Holla Bend NWR Saturday morning.  The promised sunshine never showed but the weather was okay otherwise.  Probably the best bird of the day was this 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull.  At first I thought he was a first winter Herring Gull but after more looks I realized the field marks pointed to the LBBG.  Both are uncommon though not super rare. At Holla Bend NWR, we found all of the American Robins.  I think it must have been their annual conference because they were all there. Other than the robins we didn’t see much at HB, though we did get our first of year Bald Eagle. Of course, first of years are not hard right now.

Also shown below are a couple American Coots. Not that you could tell from any picture I ever took but they do have eyes.

Lesser Black-backed Gull Lake Dardanelle January 2013 06856 Lesser Black-backed Gull Lake Dardanelle January 2013 06885
American Coot Lake Dardanelle January 2013 06846

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