Thursday, July 3, 2008
Gulls and whales today
Today was another day in Newfoundland. Unlike yesterday, the sun stayed hidden for most of the day, although it was out a bit in the morning. We had a nice time doing part of the Irish Loop south of St. John's. At Tors Cove, while taking in the wonderful scene, I noticed that there were some whales spouting offshore. Well it turns out that there were nearly fifty of these Humpbacks. I have never seen anything like it. Spouts were everywhere. Further on, we looked through some gull flocks and found a nice Lesser Black-backed Gull. Then at St. Vincent's Beach, many dozens of gulls were feeding actively along the beach. Among the throng was an Iceland Gull, looking nearly adult, but with a couple of older outer primaries. After leaving there, we drove a short ways down the road to check out some Arctic Terns. Someone spotted a small gull perched nearby. Turns out it was a young Little Gull, the second for me in Newfoundland, and one of my favorite gulls. So despite less than perfect weather, it was quite a day of birding.