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.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter L. Monacell" <plmonacell...>
To: <MOBIRDS-L...>
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.

-It is a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Good birding everyone,
Pete

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 22, 2019, at 1:41 PM, Monacell, Peter L. <plmonacell...><mailto:<plmonacell...>> wrote:

All,

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.

Here’s my checklist with photos and directions:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60026162

Good birding everyone,
Pete


Pete Monacell,
Jefferson City



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