Date: 10/28/20 7:17 pm
From: <willc......> <willcbirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: "Small gull with M pattern"
Hi All,

I think the description of a dark M on the back for a juvenile Sabine's
gull makes perfect sense, and is both helpful and descriptive for newer
birders. It is a common term when used in relation to Sabine's Gulls in
juvenile plumage, and I see no need for a change of the lexicon.



On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:51:04 PM UTC-6 codipper wrote:

> All:
> The number of species of "small gulls with an M pattern" that are possible
> in Colorado is five: Ross's, Little, Bonaparte's, and Black-headed gulls
> and Black-legged Kittiwake. The "M pattern" refers to the "M" described by
> the dark primaries and the stripe of dark crossing the otherwise pale
> coverts to the wrist from the base of the wing.
> Sabine's Gull does NOT have an "M pattern."
> Sincerely,
> Tony Leukering
> currently Fairborn, OH

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