Date: 2/2/19 4:04 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Black-legged Kittiwake at Cliff House (2 Feb)
Looks like it has a black tail tip, eliminating Red-legged. It also does not look to have the contrast expected on secondaries and inner primaries that Red-legged would show.


Alvaro Jaramillo

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From: <SFBirds...> <SFBirds...> On Behalf Of John Sterling
Sent: Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:24 PM
To: Peter Pyle <ppyle...>
Cc: Ken Schneider <kschnei1...>; <SFBirds...>
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.

John Sterling

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Woodland, CA 95776A

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On Feb 2, 2019, at 2:05 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle...> <mailto:<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:

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.


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:

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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