Date: 1/13/18 4:05 pm From: Rob Fowler <migratoriusfwlr...> [nwcalbird] <nwcalbird-noreply...> Subject: [nwcalbird] Vega Herring Gull and continuing Harlan's yesterday, 12 January 2018
Hi all, Apologies for the late post.
Yesterday I made a a quick check on the V St loop for the light morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk I found on 8 January. The bird was found readily perching low on the tower near the Pacheco intersection. Greg Chapman showed up soon after and also got to enjoy the bird. I should note that this bird is VERY FLIGHTY and gets uneasy when one just gets out of their car on the loop! I actually parked out of sight of the tower the bird was on and then walked the road until i could view it and it didn't take long for it to take flight to land in the next tower to the east. Poor photo and video of the bird can be seen here: http://ebird.org/ebird/pnw/view/checklist/S41848454
After watching the hawk for a bit I drove through the bottoms pretty quickly until I saw a gull flock off of Heindon Road and stopped to take a look. I almost immediately spotted a dark-backed Herring-type gull which turned out to be an adult Vega Herring Gull. Photos and words and stuff on my eBird list here: http://ebird.org/ebird/pnw/view/checklist/S41848602
As far as I know this might only be the 2nd adult Vega in Humboldt county and one of the few found in California.
Rob Fowler McKinleyville, CA www.fowleropebirding.com