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