Every fall we are privileged to have vagrant birds arrive here. A vagrant is a bird that is beyond its normal range. In other words, its presence here is accidental. The Franklin's Gull shown below is one such species. It appeared in a ploughed field in Ste-Marie-de-Kent last week and has remained for several days, associating with a large group of Ring-billed Gulls.
|Franklin's Gull [Brian Stone Photo]|
It is a medium-sized gull being 36-38 cm long (14"-15"). It is a black-hooded gull and has prominent white eye crescents and a slaty-gray back. In winter the black hood is washed out with white and the bill changes from its prominent orange of the breeding plumage to black with an orange tip.
|Franklin's Gull [L Nichols Photo]|
|Ring-billed Gull and Franklin's Gull|
|Overbird [Nelson Poirier Photo]|
The season for rare fall vagrants and out-of-season birds is still upon us. Keep a close eye for anything unusual.