Re: Black-legged Kittiwake at Cliff House (2 Feb)
toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Looks like it has a black tail tip, eliminating Red-legged. It also does not look to have the contrast expected on secondaries and inner primaries that Red-legged would show.
SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of
Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:24 PMTo:
Peter Pyle <ppyle@...>Cc:
Ken Schneider <kschnei1@...>; SFBirds@groups.ioSubject:
Re: [SFBirds] Black-legged Kittiwake at Cliff House (2 Feb)
good call, Peter
I’ve never seen an immature black-legged kittiwake with those underwing patterns.
On Feb 2, 2019, at 2:05 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:
Hi all -
This could be a first-year Red-legged Kittiwake. Worth looking into in any case. Not many photos on line of underwings of RLKI but here's one that shows a similar pattern:
Both the primary coevrts and the tertial area being marked dark. By contrast I can't find a BLKI with either. February is the month for RLKI in CA.
Thought it worth mentioning in case others want to go look for it.
At 10:58 AM 2/2/2019, Ken Schneider wrote:
I had brief looks and managed a single photo of an immature Black-legged Kittiwake seen just offshore from the Cliff House at about 0815 this morning. A bit more detail at my eBird checklist here:
I think the photo supports my ID, but I'm a little puzzled by the apparent dark markings on the underside of the left wing (perhaps the primary coverts?), which I don't see as expected in the field guides I checked... comments welcome.
Join SFBirds@groups.io to automatically receive all group messages.