Great Cormorants have been in breeding plumage for a month now. The throat gets whiter and the flank patch appears. This was preening at Harvey Wharf.
There have been up to four adult Common Gulls present at Pier 17 outfall this winter. Lately they have been loafing at the Virgina River parking lot at Quidi Vidi Lake where there were three Common Gulls today. This bird was banded last winter in St. John's by Dave Fifield (CWS). It was in 2nd winter plumage then. So we know this bird is now in its third year. It will be interesting to see how long it lives.
Common Gull # 2. The orbital rings on the Common Gulls are just starting to turn red. But the bills and legs still in full winter colours.
The Tufted Ducks are doing well at Burton's Pond now that people are allowed to feed the ducks again. They are still pretty hungry. There are a lot of ducks to feed there. Impossible to count now among the mixed duck flock but it looks to be about 50 Tufteds.
This drake Tufted Duck had an extra long crest.
A typical female Tufted Duck.
A non-typical female Tufted Duck. This leucistic individual has been with us since November.
This female Tufted-like Duck is probably a hybrid Tufted x scaup. There is too much white around the bill, especially for late winter. There is often white on the face of young Tufteds when they arrive in October and November. There is also an odd green sheen on the side of the head and a strong white ring around the bill. This bird has been present since fall.