Date: 2/2/19 2:24 pm
From: John Sterling <jsterling...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Black-legged Kittiwake at Cliff House (2 Feb)
good call, Peter
I’ve never seen an immature black-legged kittiwake with those underwing patterns.


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> On Feb 2, 2019, at 2:05 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle...> wrote:
>
> Hi all -
>
> This could be a first-year Red-legged Kittiwake. Worth looking into in any case. Not many photos on line of underwings of RLKI but here's one that shows a similar pattern:
>
> https://www.birdguides-cdn.com/cdn/gallery/birds/Red-leggedKittiwakeFlyte1stS5Commanders1106.jpg
>
> Both the primary coevrts and the tertial area being marked dark. By contrast I can't find a BLKI with either. February is the month for RLKI in CA.
>
> Thought it worth mentioning in case others want to go look for it.
>
> Peter
>
> At 10:58 AM 2/2/2019, Ken Schneider wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I had brief looks and managed a single photo of an immature Black-legged Kittiwake seen just offshore from the Cliff House at about 0815 this morning. A bit more detail at my eBird checklist here:
>> <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52301096>https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52301096
>>
>> I think the photo supports my ID, but I'm a little puzzled by the apparent dark markings on the underside of the left wing (perhaps the primary coverts?), which I don't see as expected in the field guides I checked... comments welcome.
>>
>> Good birding!
>> Ken Schneider
>> Noe Valley
>>
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