From Birding

Lifebirds #12 and #13 – A Gull and a Dove

Species  Ring-billed Gull / Larus delawarensis
Where Market Place shopping center, Little Canada, MN
When September 2003
Who Joann
Number 12

Ring-billed GullWho hasn’t seen Ring-billed Gulls? I’ve seen them all my life, of course, and spent much of it calling them “seagulls” like everybody else. But the first one I noted after I started keeping a life list was one of the several I saw feeding on the ground in a parking lot in my hometown. The photo I’ve used here is of a not-quite-adult I saw in Winona several years later. A better birder than I could probably identify this individual as a second- or third-year bird. But I can only say, “Look, it has spots on its head and breast!”

Species  Mourning Dove / Zenaida macroura
Where Home, Little Canada, MN
When September 2003
Who Joann
Number 13

Mourning Dove on nestYou have very good eyesight indeed if you can easily spot the Mourning Dove sitting on a nest in this photo (but click on it to see a higher-resolution shot). This is not a photo of my lifer Mourning Dove, but it is a photo of an individual in my yard about twenty feet in the air above the spot where I saw my lifer in September of 2003.

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