Sunday, August 30, 2015

More Gulls

Great Black-backed Gull with fish food
On the beautiful Sunday morning, we decided to go down to Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown Rhode Island, since it's been a little while since we have been there. Arriving at the refuge almost all of the parking lot was filled, but we did find that space to pack. On the refuge there is a new radio tower which is part of a system that is monitoring bird migration. The whole tower was covered by swallows.
Swallows on the tower
We decided to start off on the Ocean View Loop, however, bird was it was very quiet. That is until we got to one of the overlooks we have some fishermen left some fish. A Great Black-backed Gull was feeding and was overlooked by other great black-back gulls and herring gulls. The Main Go everybody else away until a third go entered into the fray and they fought over the remainder of the fish unto at least two of the gulls had a portion.
Great Black-backed Gull with fish food
Great Black-backed Gull with fish food
Great Black-backed Gull with fish food and another gull landing
Great Black-backed Gull with fish food
Great Black-backed Gull with fish food being watched by other gulls
Fighting over food
Fighting over food
Final Challange
As I said in the previous blog, common birds can make very interesting subjects. Except for some insects and flowers the gulls consumed most of the pictures that we took and that was the best time we had the whole morning. The reason for this because the trails were filled with walkers and runners and most of the few birds that we saw were very skittish. However the activity with the gulls did make the morning.