Kumlien's Gull - First-cycle with Great Black-backed and American Herring Gulls.Turner's Falls, Franklin County, MA. December 1st, 2009.
First of season Kumlien's Gull at Turner's Falls this afternoon amongst eighty or so large gulls and and up to 40 Ring-billed Gulls. No sign of the long staying (Richardson's) Cackling Goose, with far fewer Canada Geese on the power canal than on previous visits. I did, however, see over 1000 Canada Geese heading south along the CT river during my afternoon visit. As far as I know, the Cackling Goose was last seen by Brian Kane and his parents on Thanksgiving morning. Also a nice flock of about 25 Common Goldeneye, 1 Hooded Merganser and 1 Common Merganser.
Of note yesterday morning (Nov 30th) at dawn, 1 American Woodcock giving 'twitter' calls over North-east Street.