[Ontbirds]California Gull at Hamilton Harbour

Rob Dobos rdobos at cogeco.ca
Sun Jan 7 17:52:57 EST 2007

This afternoon myself, Dave Don, Cheryl Edgecombe and Tom Crooks observed
what we feel was a first basic California Gull on the north-east shore of
Hamilton Harbour.  The bird was off Eastport Drive at the islands north of
the Canada Centre for Inland Waters, specifically at Neare Island which is
the fourth island north of CCIW, the boulder island without shrubs close to
shore.  The bird was observed from about 2:00-2:30 p.m., and was at times
sitting in the water beside or in front of the island, taking short flights
and standing on the island.  There were about 100 other gulls present,
mostly Herring with a few Ring-billed and Great Black-backed Gulls.

Directions:  From the QEW highway in Burlington heading Niagara-bound, take
the Eastport Drive exit before the Skyway Bridge and pull over on the
shoulder of the roadway opposite the first rocky island in the Harbour on
your right.

Rob Dobos
Dundas, ON
rdobos at cogeco.ca

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