Josiah Clark <sunbittern@...>
Harry braught up the possibility of the gull I saw being a young GW Gull,( which I commonly see at Crissy) I want to re iterate. This bird was WHITE. It was totally striking in appearance, even from the top of Merry Way. It was like nothing I have ever seen, (perhaps only because the plumage is so worn, but still a good study)
I am writing again because Ive never heard of such a lack of interest about such a potentially rare species.
I would ask anyone around that area to take a special peek onto the rocks or into the Sutro Baths. The primaries were in such bad shape I could imagine it staying around a while.
following is a kind message from Harry about the gull:
That kind of gull wason Ocean Beach Saturday and a similar one at Merced a week
ago...I believe all are yearling Glaucous-winged with very worn feathers...at
least the two I saw were slender but overall taller than the Westerns
nearby...black beak I believe is a key field mark in these veyr light colored
gulls, but I am not a great gullacsious birder
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Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
I agree with Harry; most of these birds are invariably very worn GWGU,
particularly if they are badly worn.
Did you see the photo of the putative ICGU in Monterey?
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