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Subject: No Parasitic Jaeger at Sunshine bridge but Great Black-backed Gull instead
There had been a report of a Parasitic Jaeger near the rest area on the north side approach to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge a day or so back. This would have been a new one for me but it was not to be had. I birded or rather photo-birded this area today, 011908 at 1345-1442. Some of the stuff that I photographed included a ratty looking Red-shouldered Hawk, Tri-colored Heron, Cattle Egret, Snowy Egret, Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Black-backed Gull. Other birds observed but not photographed included Brown Pelican, White Pelican, American Oystercatcher, Great Egret, Rock Pigeon, and various gulls & terns. This gull was the most interesting of all my finds. Last fall there had been reports of GBBG in this area but all I managed to net at the time was a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Actually I suspected that today’s bird was GBBG but it wasn’t until I got home and looked at the thing on the computer that I concluded that it was indeed GBBG.
Included here are the links to my pix:
St. Pete, FL
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