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Herring gulls discovered by sam (#5895)

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Observed: November 16, 2014 @ 10:35 AM
Posted on: November 17, 2014 @ 9:39 PM (diff: 1 days)
these gulls were diving in the flowing brook in the salt/fresh water pond between the road and old railway bed. they were diving furiously AND getting small fish. first I thought they were trout. I never saw them in the outflow before. I have passed there many hundreds of times. the fish were only a few inches long. Nopw I think they were small mackerel. this year there are schools of small mackerel(4-5 inches, but too small to be marketable, in this bay. Mackerel will go in the bottom of an inlet and seek out warmer water. I have seen that many times. when the salt water gets colder, we have to go right in the mouth of a river to seine them. if they stay long they will be caught in the warm water and perish at freeze up. if they go out in the bay they will also freeze. they are a warm water fish. anyone have other explanations. I still am not positive that's what they were eating.

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