Boney Goes A’Courting


It’s Spring Migration, and the summer migrants are arriving. They have, really, just one thing on their minds: making more birds. And sometimes the courtship is fun to watch. Two Bonaparte’s Gulls – “Bonies,” in birder jargon –  were working through their courtship on a pond just outside of Fairbanks. A small, delicate gull, with a buoyant flight and an odd, bobbing foraging technique, this is a boreal breeder and a classic example of why you shouldn’t call them “seagulls.”

Boney Courtship: First Find a Prize

Boney Courtship: First Find a Prize

Boney Courtship: Present the Prize to a Likely Lady

Boney Courtship: Present the Prize to a Likely Lady

Boney Courtship: Nibble Her Ear

Boney Courtship: Nibble Her Ear

Boney Courtship: Slyly Sidle Behind Her

Boney Courtship: Slyly Sidle Behind Her

The balance of events is a bit too indelicate for WordPress, and is left to your imagination.

Happy Spring Migration, everyone.

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