Date: 1/14/20 4:36 pm
From: Richard Leinen <rick.lumen...>
Subject: [obol] Re: ID Help (Kittiwake?)
BTW, I forgot to add that there was a Rock Sandpiper at the Jetty and several Townsend’s Warblers near the Hatfield Marine Center.

> On Jan 14, 2020, at 4:32 PM, Richard Leinen <rick.lumen...> wrote:
> Hi,
> With all the talk of Black-legged Kittiwakes I took a closer look at some photos I took at Newport’s south jetty on Saturday. They are not good photos and I had decided, without a lot of effort, that they are of a Bonaparte’s Gull. Taking a closer look, I see that the bird has a yellow bill and that the black feathers on the wing tips do not extend up the primaries. The legs are black. The tail is all white but there is no leading edge of white on the wings like an adult Bonaparte’s would have. There is some black smudges on the head, indicating that it may be an immature. The unevenness of the black feathers on the wings would indicate a recent molt.
> I’ve never seen a Black-legged Kittiwake, so I don’t have any personal experience to fall back on. If anyone with more experience can verify the ID, I would appreciate it!
> You can view the photos here;
> Thanks,
> Rick Leinen
> Wilsonville

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