[Ontbirds] Razorbill, California, Thayer's, Iceland, Franklin's, Little Gulls - Niagara River

Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter dannapotter at roadrunner.com
Sun Nov 13 17:02:37 EST 2011

Betsy found the first CALIFORNIA GULL that I have heard of on the river this
season - an adult, seen from the Adam Beck overlook (Ontario) at the power
plants.  Also here were a first winter THAYER'S GULL, an adult ICELAND GULL,
and a first or second winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.  The FRANKLIN'S GULL
was reported in the usual spot - the narrows downstream from the
Lewiston-Queenston bridge.  We also had nice views of the RAZORBILL between
dives this morning.  We arrived at the old fort in Youngstown, NY when it
opened at 9 a.m., which may be a better time for seeing this alcid as the
bird was close to us for most of the 30 minutes we were there.  An adult
LITTLE GULL was again seen from the Lewiston, NY boat ramp - this is a
little downriver from the Queenston, Ont. boat ramp.


Three BLACK VULTURES were seen by others flying over Queenston, Ontario,
probably not far from where Barb Charlton reported seeing two of them
perched a little north of the L-Q bridge.


Good birding!



Willie D'Anna

Betsy Potter

Wilson, NY


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