My first sighting was this drone. First time I've seen one used around here. I scanned the area a bit, but could not see the operator.
Mallards were by far the most common duck on the river.
I was hoping for the long staying ring-necked duck or a couple hooded mergansers. Both were present on the Christmas bird count, but they presumably moved on when things froze.]
There had been some interesting gulls reported lately and I scanned the large group halfway across the river. I had just started picking through them when they all took off at once.
I thought I had lost the opportunity to look through them, but the flock landed on a different portion of river and I came upon them again as I came down the trail. Most were herring, but a juvenile glaucous gull near the edge stood out from the rest. It was in no hurry to move and I got some good shots.
|Juvenile centre left, adult center right.|
The glaucous gull is a new species for me. I don't usually have the patience to pick apart large flocks of gulls so it was great to find this species.
Towards the end of my walk I found a large group of mallards being fed.