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First Rare Bird For 2014

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Having not had time for any birding over the past few weeks, I decided that on late Friday afternoon, I would briefly pass by the Frigate Bay Pond, on the way to my Kid’s football game. This was on February 1st, 2014.

It was full of Common Gallinules, Caribbean Coots, a few Blue-winged Teals, and one very conspicuous white bird! It looked like a Gull of some sort. After a careful study, and taking some time to shoot a few pictures, it soon became clear that it was a juvenile Black-headed Gull! This was my first sighting of one, and in all of my research on birds in St.Kitts & Nevis, the only other observation was an unconfirmed sighting in 2001 by a cruise ship passenger when a vessel was docking in the Basseterre Harbour.

This is certainly a rare bird for us and a great way to start 2014! The Black “ear” spot and the red beak tipped with black were major indicators.

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Regretfully, it stayed in the middle of the Pond making it difficult to get a clear shot or close-up picture, but in the end, for an amateur like me, any picture is better than no picture!

 

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