Date: 9/27/18 10:47 am From: Archivist- JPH <gattonrocks52...> Subject: [Ohio-birds] possible California gull
This morning I found a gull at the Pleasant Hill Lake (Richland) swimming beach which may be a California gull. As of 2001, the Ohio early fall record is October 30, but sometimes gulls do crazy things. This gull was larger than the nearby adult ring-billed gulls, had a mantle that was noticeably darker than that of the nearby ad. ring-billed's, had gray-greenish legs, and a brownish (dirty) hind neck. The back color was not as dark as that of an adult lesser black-backed gull's. I saw this gull from ~ 150 feet in cloudy, but good lighting conditions. Ideally, someone relatively close needs to see this thing, before birders drive multiple hours to see it. I feel confident about the i.d. but you might wait until others confirm the i.d. I have limited experience with California gull but have seen an adult in winter plumage. There is a possibility that this gull might be a hybrid between a LBBG and something else. Good birding, John Herman
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