Date: 9/13/20 5:22 pm From: Kent Johnson <kentjohnson...> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] PAICINES RESERVOIR: SABINE'S GULL
Still present, 4:20-4:50 this afternoon. Mostly flying low over the reservoir on the right half as viewed from the overlook. A scope is advised, but such a distinctive bird can be identified with just bins.
From: <mbbirds...> <mbbirds...> on behalf of DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv...>
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2020 2:58 PM
To: MBB Monterey Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] PAICINES RESERVOIR: SABINE'S GULL
This morning Steve Rottenborn found a juvenile SABINE’S GULL at Paicines Reservoir. It was reported to me about 11 a.m., but I was not at home. I checked my emails when I arrived home, and dashed down to the reservoir.
I saw the juvenile SABINE’S GULL in flight about 2:20 p.m. About 2:26 p.m. it landed on the water near some Black-necked Stilts. I left the reservoir immediately to come home to write this report.
Usually, one is looking into the sun in the late afternoon at this reservoir. However, there is enough smoke haze in the sky that the viewing is not bad. Some heat waves, but not horrible.
This is the second record for San Benito County. First record: September 19, 2008, one juvenile at Paicines Reservoir found by Debi Shearwater.
If you really want to see this gull, I suggest heading to the reservoir now, or early tomorrow morning. ALL of the lands surrounding the reservoir are private property. Please do not trespass. The landowner is aware of the gull and monitoring the situation. I saw the gull quite easily from the pullout along Highway 25 with a spotting scope (that doesn’t work all that well). If it is there, you will see it.
For most people, there is no cell phone coverage at the reservoir. If you have Verizon, you might have some coverage.
Stay tuned, as I may have more details this evening regarding birding tomorrow morning.
In a rush & happy trails,
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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