Date: 5/29/18 3:12 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] East Beach Gull - Mew Gull maybe
I'm having a hard time with this bleached/worn gull, but to me the bill
long size and flat head shape seems wrong for Mew Gull or Ring-billed Gull.

On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 8:44 PM, Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...>

> Yesterday early evening I walked a stretch of East Beach facing the Hilton
> Hotel and there was only one gull present (same the night before) that
> looked rather delicate and although I've never seen such a gull before I
> tentatively ID it as 1st year Mew Gull. If anyone would care to give me a
> positive ID I'd appreciate it. Photos:
> After that I birded East Beach where there were at least 18 Ruddy Ducks
> including two males sparring, two breeding Black-crowned Night herons and
> one juvenile, three Coot chicks, a Hooded Oriole, numerous Black-necked
> Stilts acting as though they were nesting, and other expected species.
> Photos:
> This afternoon I searched without success for the Least Bittern reported
> yesterday by Conor Scotland at Lake Los Carneros. Thanks, Dika
> Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

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