[TN-Bird] Re: Iceland Gull Update

  • From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:10:49 -0600

I spent about 45 min late today looking for the Iceland gull with no luck. 
However, as Chloe noted, the birds were mostly on the ground behind orange 
fencing and were difficult to see. Some birds were on the hillsides but not 
many. The bird could very well still be there but is just hidden among the 
hordes of ring-billed gulls and out of view. 

Scott Somershoe

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> On Feb 4, 2015, at 5:06 PM, "chloe" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted 
> sender "chloebelle119@xxxxxxxxx" for DMARC) wrote:
> It's the same spot that you mentioned, but the area is definitely not as good 
> for viewing as it used to be. You basically have to look back into it rather 
> than straight at it since they have built up a long mound beside the road 
> where birders used to stand. The gulls seem fine with it though! (I'd 
> estimate 5000 Ring-bills and no fewer than 50 Herrings hang out there.)
> Chloe Walker
> Murfreesboro, TN
>> On Feb 4, 2015, at 4:53 PM, Daniel Estabrooks (Redacted sender 
>> "hyla514@xxxxxxxxx" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Where are people birding at the landfill nowadays? When I was there in 
>> December, the cell where all the gulls used to be at the base of Landfill 
>> Rd. was built up and didn't look like good habitat anymore.
>> Daniel Estabrooks
>> On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 4:39 PM, Chloe Walker 
>> <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> It has been decided that the bird is a first-cycle "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull.
>> We returned to the Middlepoint Landfill (Rutherford county) this afternoon 
>> to try to re-find the bird, but with no luck. The majority of the gulls were 
>> on the flat ground hidden from view by an orange construction fence, and 
>> others were circling around dumped trash. Yesterday they were on the side of 
>> the hill, making the viewing much easier. We'll probably give it another 
>> shot in the next few days. The best spot to search is from Landfill Road, 
>> just off East Jefferson Pike near Highway 231.
>> Chloe Walker
>> Murfreesboro, TN
>> http://chloesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/

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