Ross's Gull at Point Pelee

Alan Wormington wormington at
Fri Sep 12 12:49:59 EDT 2003

Ross's Gull at Point Pelee:

This morning at about 9:00 a.m. myself, Alf Rider, and his visiting
relatives from California (Paul Turnquest & Beverley Rider) were shocked
to see an adult ROSS'S GULL at the Tip of Point Pelee.

The bird flew by at point blank range with just three Bonaparte's Gulls. 
It came down the west shore (very close), crossed the sand at the Tip,
and flew around the corner to the east.  About a 1/2 hour later a
juvenile Sabine's Gull also flew by.

The Ross's had no pink on it, but the undersides of the flight feathers
had a flush of dark gray.  It looked like a typical winter adult.

There is a possibility that this bird could show up around Wheatley
Harbour, or the bird might fly past the Tip once more.  Bonaparte's at
this time of year are extremely nomadic, with hundreds (sometimes
thousands) flying past the Tip as they (presumably) travel back-and-forth
between the western basin of Lake Erie and areas off Wheatley Harbour,

Alan Wormington,

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