Monday, April !, 2013 Migrating Gulls

Seward Sporadic Bird Report

I never before considered the migration of gulls. Today, under dazzling blue skies, the excited cries of gulls demanded that I look up. Way up!  From tiny white dots too high to hear, down to noisy flocks close enough to see the black feathers on the HERRING GULLS' primaries, the gulls were northbound and determined as any goose.  Their excitement was contagious!

I noticed some actually formed a ragged "V" like geese, others straggled out in a random pattern, but one made a perfect formation in the shape of the Big and Little Dipper before morphing yet again. It was simply staggering to see, but all too brief. Do they practice synchronized flying all the way to Cook Inlet to relieve boredom? Just amazing!

The birds are on the move; spring is literally in the air even as the snow stubbornly remains on the ground. Can't wait to hear and watch the next wave!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter 

PS Thanks to Bill Tweit for his help identifying these gulls.

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