Date: 2/5/18 4:57 pm From: <kschnei1...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Subject: [SFBirds] Interesting unidentified adult gull at S end of Ocean Beach (5 Feb)
I spent about two hours on a seawatch from the south end of Ocean Beach this morning from about 0715-0915. For a blissful 15 minutes or so, there was a decent gull flock loafing below my vantage point (across from the water treatment plant), before it was disrupted by the expected off leash dog.
I like gulls a lot, but it's not at all unusual for me to encounter immature birds that I can't identify. It's less often that I run across an adult that is difficult (OK, excepting some hybrid types :) ) - today, there was an adult Larus sp. that most closely resembled an American Herring Gull on a quick look, with relatively pale upper parts and a very pale iris. However, its legs lacked any pink tones and were mostly a pale yellowish color. I've posted photos to the NA Gulls Facebook page and so far have gotten a range of possible IDs, including non-local Herring Gull subspecies and, interestingly, California x Herring Gull, a rare hybrid combination. Photos are here: