Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Central Park and South Amboy, April 6th

A morning's visit to Central Park on Saturday did not turn up much of note, although some early spring migrants did put in an appearance: several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, a couple of Eastern Phoebes and a Hermit Thrush.  A pair of Wood Ducks were hanging out on the Lake near the Point.

In the afternoon, on the South Amboy waterfront at Raritan Bay I was in search of "exotic" gulls.  The Little Gull from earlier in the week was not to be found, neither were the (increasingly common) Lesser Black-backed and the truly exotic Nelson's Gull (Glaucous x Herring).  However the immature Black-headed Gull was present, spending time with the Bonaparte's Flock.  Other birds in the bay included at least 50 Horned Grebes in a range of plumages from basic through full alternate, one breeding plumage Common Loon, several adult Gannets.

Black-headed Gull immature

Bonaparte's Gull immature (for comparison)

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