This afternoon I fortunately was looking in the right direction at the right time to see a small gull flying erratically towards me as the little gulls like to do. As it passed I said hello (possibly out loud) to a Sabine's Gull. Far from expected. Happily I was close to my camera and got a shot as it was heading away downstream over the Coquihalla River. A bit of an odd sighting of a gull who prefers open ocean to travel between wintering and breeding grounds which is far far to the north.
I'm really disappointed with your photograph here Gord. Please try to get a better photo next time.
Ha ha ha, amazing sighting! I agree with Murray - whenever I'm birding with you it's amazing how you can pick out something just slightly different without the aid of binoculars even! Ie. a brown bird flies across the path 30 feet away and you suspect swamp sparrow rather than song sparrow. Crazy and impressive!
Paul, I agree. However when I think of it I've had Bonaparte's Gull several times on nearby Kawkawa Lake so perhaps there's something about the area that draws them in. I guess since they're not huge fans of forested mountains the lake, river and marsh is about all there is for them if they happen to be passing over.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)