Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Slaty-backed Gull @ Sausalito



I finally got over my Costa Rica birding hangover today and went out, which turned out to be a good idea, because it resulted in my first California Slaty-backed Gull...a state nemesis bird, now defeated. It was in the gull swarm at Sausalito, which has congregated to feast on herring eggs.









Here is a typical Western Gull for comparison. Note the clean head, yellow-orange bill and dark, beady eye.


No, the Slaty-back is not in the act of hybridizing in this photo.


The most reliable way to identify Slaty-backed is by call.


Ok thats not true. It's all about the string of pearls! Stoked.


7 comments:

  1. Congrats, Tucker! Glad you FINALLY got a Slaty-backed for Cali! :)

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  2. Cheers! Costa Rica shmosta rica. Gulls in California. Welcome home.

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  3. WTF. This post just made me hate gulls even more.

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    1. You are lucky you weren't there...this bird was easy to ID compared to a lot of the birds. It was brutal...gulls are hell.

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  4. Congrats on getting a nemesis bird!

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  5. That guy looks pretty fierce...

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