Thursday, September 29, 2016

some Quadra gulls

Mew Gulls were probably the commonest species but juveniles were thin on the ground -- when you see one they are really distinctive --

adult Ring-billed Gull with Mew Gulls - 

adult Ring-billed

California Gull with Mew Gulls

I came across these 4 adult Thayer's Gulls on the west side of the island but in a bad place for parking, it was raining again and there was a need for urgent coffee plus they were below me on a low cliff so I only took a few pics before having to leave but fortunately the species proved more common on the other side of the straight

and a Glaucous-winged Gull playing with an inanimate object

White-crowned Sparrows

Great Blue Heron

passerines Quadra

when the rain finally stopped there was an amazing appearance of passerines along the coastal strip with flocks of Dark-eyed Juncos (all Oregon types), Audubon's Warblers, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Golden crowned Kinglets, Song Sparrows and Spotted Towhees dominating -- a flock of Band-tailed Pigeons landed in a tall tree but gave typical poor views -- 

a last few wet birds from Quadra

Belted Kingfisher, Glaucous-winged Gulls (are they not beautiful), typical shoreline gathering of Harlequins and gulls, and some brooding clouds and a juv Red-necked Grebe