[TN-Bird] Knox Co. Lesser Black-backed Gull 2-23-15

  • From: "Steve Clendenen" <scgwc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "TN-BIRD" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:09:22 -0500

Thanks to a call from Ron Hoff and Dollyann Myers, who had gotten a call from 
another birder about a large black gull, we arrived this evening at the boat 
ramp in Concord Park across from the entrance to the marina on Northshore Drive 
in west Knox County.  Gail almost immediately saw a very dark-backed gull that 
we decided was an adult Lesser Black-backed.  It was roosting with Herrings and 
Ring-billeds.  Smaller than Herrings and larger than Ring-billeds.  Yellow bill 
with bright red gony.  John O'Barr arrived in time to see it.

After a couple of minutes, A Bald Eagle glided over and all of the gulls flew 
west.  Some of them returned and some landed to roost farther out to the west.  
Ron and Dollyann, Beth Schilling and Jimmy Tucker joined the group but we could 
not refind the gull.

Steve & Gail Clendenen
Farragut, Knox County

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