Thursday, August 19, 2021

Bonaparte’s Gull

The most interesting bird we saw on our 12 August 2021 cooling-off visit to the beach at Ocean Shores was this Bonaparte’s Gull. The bird gave me pause, because neither of my go-to bird guides shows this plumage. They both show these gulls in winter and breeding plumage, but not a bird like this one, halfway in-between. (Breeding Bonaparte’s Gulls have black heads—winter ones have white heads with a single black spot behind their eye.)

1 comment:

  1. Very intriguing - not found in my sources - not even
    Merlin - great find/photos/blog
    thanks much