[LABIRD-L] Little Gull seen again, Cameron Parish
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 20:50:40 -0500
Dave Patton

Paul Conover and I birded Cameron Parish today. We looked for the Little Gull found by Devin Bosler on 4/12/11, and Paul found it sitting on the large pipe just north of the boat landing on East Jetty Rd. Probably the same spot Devin found it from his description below. It took off and fed up and down the channel passing close to the boat launch. We got some decent photo's, but mine are not too sharp. I'll post some later. We saw it around 2:30PM and watched it feed for about 30 minutes. We called Robby Bacon and he ran over from Peveto Woods. We called him again later to see if he had found it. He had been waiting at the spot for 45 minutes at that time, and the bird was not around. It might be worth a try this weekend if your down there. The boat landing is just before the entrance to the new facility and observation tower at the end of Jetty Rd.

I posted some photo's of the Little Gull from today in Cameron. http://www.pbase.com/pattonpix/littlegull

Dave Patton

Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 01:16:32 -0500
From: Devin Bosler
Subject: Little Gull - Cameron Parish - 12 Apr 2011

Yesterday afternoon (12 Apr), I found and photographed a worn
first-cycle LITTLE GULL off Davis Rd. (PR-3143), ca. 1.5 mi. S of Cameron.
It was roosting briefly, perhaps only 5 minutes or so, on the relatively new
pipeline running along the east side of Calcasieu Ship Channel. This
pipeline becomes largely exposed during low or falling tides, such as the
case this afternoon, and typically attracts roosting waterfowl, shorebirds,
and gulls. Best viewed from the public boat launch off Davis Rd. just
before reaching E. Jetty Beach (aka Cameron Jetty Pier Facility).
Unfortunately, the accompanying Laughing Gulls were intolerant of its
presence and harassed it repeatedly. The Little Gull eventually had enough
and continued south through Calcasieu Pass where it presumably relocated to
E. Jetty Beach. One digiscoped photo here (documentation purposes only)...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbosler/ .

More to come later...

Good birding,

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