Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 16:18:35 -0700
Reply-To: michael beohm <michaelbeohm@YAHOO.COM>
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From: michael beohm <michaelbeohm@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Jaeger at Lake Eufaula
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There was a juvenile Jaeger at the Lake Eufaula dam today. It was also chasing Laughing Gulls and spooked 4 Snow Geese at George Bagby State Park. I do not know too much about Jaegers, but it does not match anything in the books. It had a white head and a two-toned bill, half black and half pinkish. The back and wings were pretty dark and the white patches were noticeable on the underside of the wings, but not on the top. The head did not have a dark cap. The bird looked a lot like a white-headed juvenile Herring Gull. The rump was noticeably paler than the back, kind of tan-colored. It flew in and landed on the water in front of me at the dam and later flew into Alabama waters. It seemed to be a bit smaller than the Laughing Gull it was chasing. I don't think my photos of it are very good, but I'll try to get some pictures on later tonight or tomorrow.
There were also 18 Laughing Gulls. Four were perched on the poles near the beach area of Bagby. There were eleven others in the flock of 59 gulls on the water, and three more up the road at a marina. The jaeger kept scaring up this flock of gulls.
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