But that has little bearing on how the LIGU got to CT's coastline and how it was found. Earlier in the week, one had been spotted in Stratford by a local birder. So the probability was high that another would be close. So when one was spotted Saturday Afternoon, I had to rush over to see it. Unfortunately I was in the middle of a food shopping trip so the poor cashier had to work through my twitching and looking at my phone. By the time I got over to Stratford, The bird had of course flown away. Also by the time I got there, a small cadre of birders had joined up to find the gull. It was great to see several birders at the lookout but it was also fun to see lots of people interested in what we were doing. While most were confused by the notion of a "Little Gull" Aren't they all little? Most seem excited to hear about this wayward Eurasian Gull and hoped that we find it
People came, people left, and a few relocations later, we found the bird flying about with a group of about 800 Bonaparte's Gulls. How do you find a Little Gull amongst 800 Bonnies? First thing to look for are the dark underwings. That is the distinguishing mark of a Little Gull. Which means that most time Gulling is spent minor details and poring over leg and eye colors and hoping that the birds stay still, in the search for a Little Gull, you can do those things, but you are also excited when they take off because then you can see the wings!
I could go on and on. But instead I will say that the best thing to do when looking for wayward gulls and birds is to look in the field, study books at home, and look in the field! Until the time, Get out and go birding!
The Little Gull flying away with many other gulls RBGU and BOGU
The Little Gull Closer Up, notice the dark underwings
AllAboutBirds Profile on the Little Gull - Link here
RSPB Profile on the Little Gull - Link here