Date: 5/29/18 5:26 pm From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] East Beach Gull - Mew Gull maybe
Hi Dika, I believe your bird is a Mew Gull. You've got a good eye (and brilliant camera work) to pick that out. Do you have any pictures showing the tail? The long bill could indicate that its a male, but that and the tail pattern could feed discussion about the other forms in the Mew Gull group.
Mark Holmgren Santa Barbara
On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 9:44 PM, Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...> wrote:
> 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: > https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/albums/72157696791880974 > > 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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/ > > This afternoon I searched without success for the Least Bittern reported > yesterday by Conor Scotland at Lake Los Carneros. Thanks, Dika > Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara > > > > > >