Date: 9/22/19 11:42 am
From: Monacell, Peter L. <plmonacell...>
Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull at SelecTurf Sod Farm in North Jefferson City

Yesterday afternoon, while driving home from Columbia, I spotted a large gull in a pool on SelecTurf Sod Farm in North Jefferson City (Callaway Co). Specifically, the bird was on the west (river) side of US-63 at the northern edge of the sod farm. I drove there to get a better look, then called Brad Jacobs and Edge Wade, who was already birding with Betsy Garrett near the area. The four of us watched this gull for a long time, and Brad and I took many photos.

First-cycle large gulls are difficult, and the ID has been pretty strenuous, but we landed on Lesser Black-Backed Gull. We will, of course, send the photos out to see if thatís where the ID ends up.

As of noon today, the gull is STILL present and eating a lot of stranded fish.

Hereís my checklist with photos and directions:

Good birding everyone,

Pete Monacell,
Jefferson City

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