Bullock's Orioles & Thayer's Gulls
- Tue, 18 Jan 2011 -- Chuck Vaughn, Jerry White and myself
birded Rose Memorial Park in Fort Bragg, and we found three
BULLOCK'S ORIOLES frequenting the Banksia trees, tall
cypress and smaller pines in the cemetery. Our looks were
generally of the birds flying from tree to tree, and quick looks
of the birds in the interior of the trees. One was a female
and two were immature males (one was a 2nd year bird).
There is the possibility of a 2nd female, but we only saw
three birds together at one time.
The low angle of the early morning, bright sun gave a more
orange glow to one male's plumage in particular. But, as
the sun moved higher in the sky, the males looked just
plain yellow, where yellow should be. Also, it took time
but we finally saw that both males had black markings on
the chin and throat, with the older male having a longer,
narrow black mark and an obvious black eyeline. The
younger male had a hint of an eyeline and a small black
mark on the chin only. Chuck questioned why the birds
hid in the foliage of all the trees, rather than want to be
out on the sunny ends of the branches. Two of these
birds are most likely the same imm. male and female
seen by David Jensen on 26 December, 2010, but they
were so difficult to get good, solid looks at, could the
third bird have been there, as well?
Later on, Chuck spotted two adult THAYER'S GULLS
on the beach at the mouth of the Navarro River, south
of Little River.
Karen Havlena, Chuck Vaughn & Jerry White
(cemetery is at N Franklin & the Skunk RR tracks,
in Fort Bragg)
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