Another reason to go to the Space Coast Birding Festival – you might see the Appledore Lesser Black-backed Gull! Michael Brothers, who saw the LBBG last January, says the bird has returned to spend another vacation in Florida.
Last Saturday, January 2, Michael spotted the LBBG on the beach at the north jetty of Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, FL. He found it again on January 6 back at Daytona Beach Shores where he observed it last January.
We generally do not see adult Herring Gulls or Great Black-backed Gulls as far south as Florida during the winter. They tend to stay in the Northeast near the breeding island. In comparison, Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Europe and elsewhere disperse much longer distances from breeding islands during the winter. “Our” LBBG is, therefore, behaving like a typical Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Thanks for the report and excellent photos Michael!