The second was this first winter bird.
We get a Glaucous Gull ever few winters. This is the whitest I've ever seen.
I spent a lot of time studying this dark mantled gull. It was the size of the nearby American Herring Gulls but much darker. I never got a good look at the leg color but they seemed pinkish. Eventually it flew and the spots on the primaries make it look like a Vega Herring Gull. Willie and Martin Reid have had one here in the past. Vega is a NE Asian form of Herring Gull that has yet to be split.
Finished with seven species of gulls at the dump. Then I made a run over to the nearby Rio RV Park where I got the stake out Monk Parakeets. I saw at least ten and I think there were more. They had several nests in the palms as opposed to the birds nesting on the power poles in Hidalgo. This was Cameron County bird #409.
And a couple days before that, a Cackling Goose was reported from Adam's Reservoir south of La Feria. It was with a big mixed flock of geese. Unfortunately the dike was cabled off so I had to walk in about 3/4 of a mile and even then the geese were still distant. But I found the little bugger.
So I've picked up four new Cameron County birds this month. Someone reported a Ferruginous Hawk over by the landfill. I missed it today but may have to give it another try.
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