Date: 9/22/19 1:58 pm From: Edge Wade <edgew...> Subject: Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull at SelecTurf Sod Farm in North Jefferson City
Pete deserves several feathers in his cap for this one--but am looking for some that possession is not illegal. Meanwhile, his cap is getting so full of feathers its weight may interfere with his superb birdfinding skills.
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From: "Peter L. Monacell" <plmonacell...>
Sent: Sunday, September 22, 2019 3:50:53 PM
Subject: Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull at SelecTurf Sod Farm in North Jefferson City
Two quick things on this:
-I just went by on my way south again, and the gull is still present and easy to spot, as of 3:50pm. But don’t look from US-63, since that isn’t safe.
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 that’s where the ID ends up.
As of noon today, the gull is STILL present and eating a lot of stranded fish.