Noteworthy bird sightings: February 2011

During the month of February, several interesting gulls were present at Orange Valley in Central Trinidad. At least three individual Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis), two Franklin’s Gulls (Larus pipixcan) and a Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) were reported by observers (see photograph captions). These gulls are rare winter visitors from North America with a few individuals recorded every year along the west coast of Trinidad.

Ring billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) - Photograph © Dave Smith


Franklins Gull (Larus pipixcan) - Photograph © Dave Smith


Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) - Photograph © Nigel Lallsingh


#1 sanjiv parasram on 05.02.11 at 7:56 pm

i was lucky enough to spot the black-headed one evening with dave and nigel after they accurately told me what it looked like!

#2 Administrator on 05.02.11 at 8:00 pm

You’re better than me then. I’m useless with seabirds. Don’t usually bother unless Nigel or Dave help me out.

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