Other birders have reported seeing a dramatic increase in the number of Pine Siskins this summer. Could it be climate change affecting the local bird distribution?
Since I thought it was just another Herring Gull I only took two quick shots from the picnic table where I was eating lunch at Spenard Crossing. Now I see from the amount of dusky gray on it's head and neck, it is more consistent with a non-breeding Thayer's Gull, a new bird for me. I'll study the photos a little more before I decide what it is.