Date: 12/27/18 6:05 pm
From: Steven Rash <srashchiro...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Larimer County gull report
I took a crack at the landfill on X-mas eve... There were certainly a lot
of different gulls out there. I have attached a couple of photos of the
closest one I could find to the reported Slaty. Is this the same bird you
guys have been seeing? Unfortunately wasn't able to get a picture of the
primary extension as the bird crested the hill without presenting them.
Through the scope the mantle seemed dark, but not as dark as the pictures
came out, a couple of shades lighter than a Lesser Black Backed that was
seen shortly after this.

[image: _DSC3640 (2).jpg]

[image: _DSC3638 (2).jpg]

[image: _DSC3648 (2).jpg]

Also, is this the Nelson's gull you saw, Andy?

Steve Rash

Denver Co.

On Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 11:46:32 PM UTC-7, John Shenot wrote:

> I was with Nick the last 20 minutes the mystery gull was present. My
> own description and digiscoped photos, which are no better and probably
> worse than Nick's, are on my eBird checklist:
> I interpret Nick's post as
> welcoming input and continued attempts to document a possible rare gull
> that seems to be lingering around Larimer County. That's all I'm doing, too.
> John Shenot
> Fort Collins
> On Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 7:45:09 PM UTC-7, Nick Komar wrote:
>> Like yesterday, the bulk of the Larimer gull flock was hanging out late
>> this afternoon at Warren Lake, about 5 miles northeast of the county
>> landfill. The gulls present are listed in my eBird checklist (below). One
>> of these may have been Slaty-backed Gull (see low-quality photos by
>> clicking on the link for the eBird checklist).
>> Note that there was no Great Black-backed Gull(s). This species is
>> reported almost daily of late but has never been photographed. If you see
>> it, please make an effort to photograph it for documentation. Thanks.
>> Nick Komar
>> Fort Collins CO
>> *eBird Report *
>> Warren Lake, Larimer, Colorado, US
>> Dec 26, 2018 3:03 PM - 4:42 PM
>> Protocol: Stationary
>> 13 species (+1 other taxa)
>> Cackling Goose (Richardson's) (Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii) 20
>> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 60
>> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
>> Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 300
>> California Gull (Larus californicus) 1
>> Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 130 Tally
>> Iceland Gull (Thayer's) (Larus glaucoides thayeri) 3 Two adult, one
>> juv
>> Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 10
>> Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus) 1 Pink legs. I’m unsure of
>> the species identity. Could be SBGU or maybe a pink-legged fourth-winter
>> LBBG.
>> Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1
>> Herring x Glaucous Gull (hybrid) (Larus argentatus x hyperboreus) 1
>> Continuing
>> Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
>> Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
>> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
>> View this checklist online at

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