Sunday, March 26, 2017 Lapland Longspurs!

Seward, Alaska

First of Season, two LAPLAND LONGSPURS, first heard, then seen at the head of the bay flying along. Then they landed and picked through fallen beach rye grass stalks before taking off once again.

Also spotted today, 3 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS in breeding plumage, and several COMMON MURRES, including one in breeding plumage. Dave Sonneborn found at least one THAYER'S GULL; apparently they are everywhere but I'm having trouble recognizing them. T-gull-blind!

Dave offered these tips: the Thayer's is larger than a Mew Gull, intermediate in size between a Mew and a Herring or Glaucous-winged Gull. It has a thicker bill than a Mew, but not as thick or big as a Herring or Glaucous-winged Gull. The head is round, like a Mew.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold

Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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