Great Black-backed Gulls by the Skyway: January 2021

The Great Black-back is the largest North American gull.

Great Black-backed Gull (juvenile)

Great Black-backs are common along the Atlantic coast and are locally common on larger lakes and rivers inland.

Great Black-backed Gull (juvenile)
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (juvenile)
Great Black-backed Gull

The waterway under the Burlington Skyway which connects Hamilton Harbour and Lake Ontario was teeming with bird life on this day.

Long-tailed Ducks and Red-breasted merganser (male)
Long-tailed Ducks and Mallard (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Ducks (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Ducks
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)
Mallards (male)
White-winged Scoter (female)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Duck (male) and White-winged Scoter (female)
Long-tailed Ducks (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male), Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gull

Area images:

NATURE POETRY

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.       – Robert Frost (1874–1963)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Great Black-backed Gulls by the Skyway: January 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Great pictures! It’s interesting to see the Toronto skyline from the Hamilton-Burlington area for a change, rather than the reverse. It seems to me that you have introduced us to a number of ducks and birds that I don’t remember encountering on our group walks (it might be my memory), like the Great Black-backed Gull, the White-winged Scoter and the Eurasian Teal. It is always a pleasure to see and learn about a new bird or duck. Thanks, Miles!

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