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.