Saturday, March 30, 2013

Glaucous Gull and More on Tybee North Beach

Finally, a beautiful morning on the beach! Mild winds, warmer temperatures and bird activity. The yellow-rumped warblers are still everywhere but getting handsome.

Walking along the beach at the North End of Tybee, the first thing that caught my eye was a large gull that seemed way too white. I studied all the features - no black in the tail, large bill, very pale gray mantle and a light colored eye. Could it be a Glaucous Gull? After taking many pictures and consulting my Sibley as well as a couple of other references, I concluded that Yes, this was indeed a Glaucous Gull.
Glaucous Gull - View 1

Glaucous Gull - note all white wing tips, light mantle, heavy bill and light eye.

Also of interest on the beach were the Laughing Gulls in their snappy breeding plumage, already "laughing" loudly. A couple of Bonaparte's Gulls were hanging out as well.
Laughing Gull "Laughs"

Bonaparte's Gull with Sanderling
 On the way back from the beach, a waterthrush walked out onto the path and bobbed its way along ahead of us. I studied and studied but don't quite know which to call it. The eye stripe was long but did not seem to get wider at the back end. The throat was clear and unstreaked which would indicate Louisiana. I would be grateful for input from other birders.

Which Waterthrush View 1?

Which waterthrush View 2

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