Spent the morning with Isaac along the Thompson River between the downtown area and Tranquille. We drove around looking for where the gulls were and found a large group at Tranquille. Most of them flew upriver so we relocated several smaller groups in that area later. Kamloops is far from a gull hotspot, but at the same time, the area is very underbirded. We were very happy to get 7 species today including a Glaucous and a Thayers (Iceland). A big thanks to Isaac for his knowledge of local gull species!
Gull list from today:
Mew Gull – 1. Presumably present in very small numbers but possibly overlooked? We had 2 the weekend before on the shore of Little Shuswap Lake. No photo from today.
Ring-billed Gull – 220. Probably the most common gull specie present in the area.
California Gull – 160. Common to the area around this time of year. Not certain of status in the spring and summer.
Herring Gull – 100. Common to the area around this time of year. Not certain of status in the spring and summer.
Thayers Gull (Iceland) – 1. Presumably present in very small numbers. We had 1 juv. the weekend before on the south Thompson River near the Lafarge Bridge.
Glaucous-winged Gull – 5. Uncommon and mixed in with Herring Gulls. Expected to see some at this time of year.
Glaucous Gull – 1 juv. The best Gull sp. of the day. A lifer for Isaac and he has birded here for many years now. He spotted it flying in from the right. Rare. Made the BC RBA list.
Some cool comparison pics:
Left to Right in the foreground: California, Thayer’s, Herring
3 ages/stages of molt of California Gull