Date: 1/14/20 5:16 pm
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...>
Subject: [obol] Re: ID Help (Kittiwake?)
Hi Richard,

Your photos are spot-on for BL Kittiwake! Nice find!



On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 4:33 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
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Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

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