Thursday, March 19, 2009
We saw lots of Ring-Billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis) on Monona bay today. I looked up in the Birds of Wisconsin book and found that these gulls go away for the winter. So maybe they are just coming back. Or maybe they were just enjoying the first of the open water on Lake Monona after quite some time. I'll have to pay closer attention to my first sighting of a gull next year.
I also finally saw some grackles close enough today to say they are back. In the past few days, I feel I have heard them, and maybe seen them in the distance, but today was my first definitive viewing of them.