Jordan Lake is a winter home for a huge number of gulls. Most of the birds here are ring-billed gulls. Next in number are the Bonaparte’s gulls. There are a few herring gulls in the mixture and a few lesser black-backed gulls. The birds spend the night floating mid-lake – it is safer there away from predators on the shore and their numbers help keep everybody safer from the bald eagles.
Doc Ellen’s Evening Note
Jordan Lake. May these graceful, delicate Bonaparte’s gulls lead you ever so gently into sleep, quiet dreams, and well-being. Have a blessed night, Doc Ellen.
Doc Ellen’s Natural Minute
Jordan Lake. The Bonaparte’s gull can easily plunge-dive to catch fish. In this video watch carefully and you can see sometimes they actually dive under the water rather like an osprey. However, the gull catches the fish with its beak and not its feet.
Jordan Lake Neighborhood for March 2, 2017, 7 photos
The ospreys have returned from South America – welcome home.
One year old bald eagle looking fierce in the morning light.
A very cold eastern bluebird, who like me, was wondering where the warm weather went.
Great blue heron stalking through the shoreline bushes.
Belted kingfisher surveying the waters for his next fish.
The small pied-billed grebe is named after the way the black ring bisects his beak.
The morning light illuminates this Bonaparte’s gull.
Jordan Lake Neighborhood 7 photos, February 23, 2017
new cover photo for my Facebook page
adult bald eagle
1 year-old bald eagle
late winter spider web in black and white
rescue in 4 photos
The Bonaparte’s gull was all wrapped in fishing line.
Scot made an experienced cast with a broken-off fishing rod that A.C.E. Ranger Lane provided from lost and found.
He snagged the gull, reeled it in and TJ gently untangled the bird….
It took 4 hands to untangle all the fishing line.
Just released, the gull floated away.
The Bonaparte’s gull rested a while and then was back in the air looking for fish.