Johnson County – #200

Since I am not a chaser my main birding goals have always revolved around the county I reside.  As I have often stated I believe that all birds that should be in, or come through, an area are there.  People just aren’t looking. Enough philosophizing and on with the story.

So when I moved here at the beginning of 2013 my only goal was to see if I could reach 200 species in Johnson County in calender year 2013.  And I fell a little short at 195.  But it has only taken a couple of months to get to 200 for the county.

196. Greater White-fronted Goose Feb. 1, 2014
197. Common Merganser Feb. 1, 2014
198. Snow Bunting Feb. 8, 2014
199. Long-tailed Duck Mar. 9, 2014

All cool looking birds in their own right.

So this morning I really wasn’t thinking about #200.  I went to the Lowes/Walmart pond at sunrise just in case a Red-necked Grebe or Red-throated Loon would show up as they have been over the area. And low and behold who should be there with 7 Ring-billed Gulls but 2 Herring Gulls – county bird #200.

Johnson County Bird #200 - Herring Gull.  And a complete surprise at that.  Lowes 08/09/14

Johnson County Bird #200 – Herring Gull. And a complete surprise at that. Lowes 03/09/14

It never crossed my mind I would see them in the county since Ring-billed Gulls are so scarce. And I am not saying they aren’t as good looking as the others on the above list. But…

Herring Gull - one of two that were present.  Lowes 03/09/14

Herring Gull – one of two that were present. Lowes 03/09/14

Herring Gull - one of two that were present.  Lowes 03/09/14

Herring Gull – one of two that were present. Lowes 03/09/14

Neither Gull came over to accept their prize, so I will keep it for species #300.

For those wondering #100 was a Solitary Sandpiper on 4/7/13.

 

 

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