Gull Fly-In at Daytona Beach Shores
February 3, 2022 @ 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm$50.00
Meet at Frank Rendon Park, 2705 S. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, FL. There are restrooms at the park.
This beach is known for the amazing spectacle of what may be the largest congregation of gulls on any beach in the US. In addition to the incredible array and density of gulls, the birds allow close approach. This presents an extraordinary opportunity to observe and photograph minute details on each species, and a chance to compare various plumages and age classes. The astounding concentration builds to possibly as many as 30,000 gulls each evening. Seen consistently here are species that are rare in Florida, including the only record of Vega Gull. Laughing, Franklin, Ring-billed, Herring, Bonaparte’s, Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed, Glaucous, Iceland, Thayer’s and California Gulls have all been recorded. Possible European Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull and a Slaty-backed Gull have appeared. This beach is also the best location in Florida to regularly see jaegers from shore. Each evening the gulls leave the beach and settle on the ocean just beyond the breakers. Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers regularly patrol these huge groups, harassing the gulls.