Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2000 18:50:15 EST
Subject: PHILLY BIRDMAIL - THAYER'S GULLS AT FLORENCE
Two Thayer's Gulls were seen today at Florence, NJ. One was an adult in basic plumage, which was seen well from the park. It was in view off and on over a period of a half hour by Ward Dasey, Tom Bailey, Bill Murphy and myself.
The adult bird was sitting on the water. It showed a mantle and primaries (folded wing) as in adult Herring, but it had a diminutive head and bill as in adult Iceland. The head was particularly small and rounded. The bill was dainty. It had a dark Iris. There was a fair amount of fine streaking on the head and neck.
Ward also had a flying second-year Thayer's Gull.
If more good birders would spend QUALITY TIME at the place, it would be easier to confirm the rarities reported here.
Good Birding !