Yesterday evening at sunset, 2/15/08, I again drove the beach in Daytona Beach Shores where all of  the gulls from the landfill spend the night, and found a 1st winter Kumlien's Gull and a 1st winter Glaucous Gull, several Nelson's Gulls and what looked like a possible European Herring Gull, as well as Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed, American Herring Gull, and Ring-billed Gull.

This is a great area and is a beautiful place to see gulls, rather than at the landfill.

Here are the directions to view the birds in Daytona Beach Shores. If you are coming into the area from far away, come in on US 95 to exit 256 at Port Orange.  Take Rt 421, Dunlawton Avenue, across the bridge to the beach. Turn north along the beach on A-1-A, Atlantic Avenue. 
Go north of the Dunlawton bridge about 2 miles. There is beachfront park - Frank Rendon Park - just before a tall round condo.  You can park at this park and walk the beach.  However, you can cover more ground in a car.  There is a beach ramp just after the park and just before the round condo. It is amazing how many gulls are on this beach! The problem is not having enough time to adequately scan all the birds. Unlike the landfill where time is not an issue, the birds arrive late and then you can't drive the beach after about 5:45 p.m. right now.   The birds get really dense after about 5 pm.

I have been finding all of the best birds just south of this beach ramp.

Unfortunately, the window is narrow.  I went through there this morning and arrived at 7:15 a.m. and 80% of the birds had already left; by 7:30 a.m. 90% are gone.  The best time is when a fairly low tide is in the late afternoon. Arrive by about 4pm and stay until you get kicked off the beach (if you are driving, which will be about 5:45 - 6pm). On foot you can stay as long as you like.  

Also note that this weekend is the Daytona 500, so the area is congested, as are the roads into this whole area.


Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet

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