Franklin’s Gulls take refuge

I did a wee bit o’ birding yesterday morning, including a quick spin through Lake Carl Blackwell. I found, among other things, a dense raft of Franklin’s Gulls out on the water, straight north of the marina. There were at least 600 in that one, tight mass. Here are some other birds too:

Location: Lake Carl Blackwell
Observation date: 10/30/10
Number of species: 36

Canada Goose 40
Mallard 2
Wild Turkey 4
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 2
American Kestrel 1
American Coot 70
Killdeer 2
Franklin’s Gull 600
Ring-billed Gull 40
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 20
American Crow 26
Carolina Chickadee 6
Carolina Wren 2
Bewick’s Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 20
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 42
Chipping Sparrow 6
Field Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Eastern Meadowlark 1

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From the west end of the park, I could just make out another big group off to the west, up one of the coves. To count those birds, I drove over to Rt. 86 (Perry Road) and scanned east into the lake from the bridge. From there I could see some pelicans too, so I picked my way along the shoreline for 1/4 mile or so, set up my scope and started counting. There were at least another 500 Franklin’s in this flock, plus a nice group of American White Pelicans – we rarely get more than a handful here in the Stillwater area.

Location: Lake Carl Blackwell west – Rt. 86 Bridge
Observation date: 10/30/10
Number of species: 13

Hooded Merganser 3
American White Pelican 56
Double-crested Cormorant 15
Great Blue Heron 8
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 10
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Franklin’s Gull 500
Ring-billed Gull 20
Northern Flicker 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1

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