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.


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

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

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

    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.

  4. Congrats on getting a nemesis bird!

  5. That guy looks pretty fierce...