A uncommon chicken, usually present in Siberia and jap Asia, was presumably noticed in Nova Scotia final week.
Avid birder Angela MacDonald noticed what she thinks is a Taimyr gull, in any other case referred to as the Siberian gull, in a New Glasgow car parking zone final Monday.
MacDonald mentioned she did not know what a Taimyr gull was on the time, however it was in contrast to any gull she had seen earlier than. Shocked by the potential discovery, she snapped some photographs.
“It hasn’t been utterly confirmed but, however as per data, it appears to be like like that is the primary Taimyr gull for all of Canada and it’s a second report for this complete continent,” MacDonald mentioned, who has been birding for 3 years.
Angela MacDonald, pictured along with her son Simon, is an avid birder who noticed the doubtless uncommon gull. (Angela MacDonald/Fb)
“I believe you most likely have a greater probability of seeing a flamingo in your garden than seeing a Taimyr gull.”
MacDonald mentioned she observed just a few issues that have been completely different about this gull.
Its lengthy legs have been a vivid orangey pink, which she had by no means seen earlier than, and the mantle — the highest of the wings — was a darkish gray that did not match herring gulls or black again gulls usually present in Nova Scotia.
“I knew one thing was off. So I believed, this gull must be checked out additional,” she mentioned.
If it’s a Taimyr gull, the chicken would have travelled greater than 6,000 kilometres from its residence breeding vacation spot. (Angela MacDonald/Fb)
She contacted her pal, Steven McGrath, who agreed the gull wanted to be checked out by specialists. He instructed she submit the photographs to a Fb group referred to as North American Gulls.
There, the group of gull specialists weighed in on what they thought the gull could possibly be.
“As quickly as I noticed it, I knew it was one thing utterly completely different from the form of gulls that we usually get in Nova Scotia,” mentioned Mark Dennis, a naturalist and gull knowledgeable who has been birding since 1966.
When he noticed MacDonald’s picture, he turned to his spouse and mentioned, “Begin the automobile.”
Mark Dennis is a birder and naturalist initially from the UK. He now lives on Cape Sable Island. (Mark Dennis/Cape Sable Birding)
The subsequent day, they travelled 4 hours from their residence on Cape Sable Island to the New Glasgow car parking zone in hopes of seeing the gull in individual.
Armed with cat meals to draw the gulls, Dennis was capable of see the chicken inside seconds of arriving.
Dennis believes he has seen one of these gull earlier than — whereas travelling in India in 1997.
Now, he believes the identical sort of gull has travelled about 6,000 kilometres from its residence breeding vacation spot.
“They’ll wander after which spend time in an space and as a substitute of turning round and going residence, they wander with one other bunch of gulls … and immediately they discover themselves in Nova Scotia consuming KFC fries within the car parking zone in New Glasgow,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he is assured the chicken is a Taimyr gull.
MacDonald mentioned she observed that the gull had lengthy legs that have been a vivid orangey pink, which she had by no means seen earlier than. (Angela MacDonald/Fb)
“I take the strategy that if it appears to be like like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck,” he mentioned.
MacDonald, who’s a part of the Nova Scotia Hen Society, mentioned she was capable of get a fecal pattern from the gull which was despatched away for DNA evaluation to substantiate its id within the coming weeks.
The birder mentioned she’s nonetheless in shock of what she noticed and he or she hopes the doubtless uncommon sighting will encourage folks to deal with gulls with respect.
The Taimyr Gull, amongst a number of different gulls, was noticed in a car parking zone in New Glasgow. (Angela MacDonald/Fb)
She has returned to the car parking zone to see the gull a number of instances, and every time she has witnessed autos drive via the resting gulls.
“That is very pointless. They’re people. They’re struggling to outlive. Simply depart them alone. Should you don’t love them, it would not matter, simply do not harm them,” she mentioned.
“If I get even one individual to take a look at gulls in a different way — to me, discovering the Taimyr gull may have served its goal.”