Tom and Calbirds
A few people have asked about the Half Moon Bay gulls, here is some more
information. Generally there are gulls all day at Venice Beach, the largest
numbers are in the early morning near sunrise and in the afternoon after 3
pm or so. Numbers are highest during cold and overcast days, it is great
before or after a frontal passage there. The issue is that Sunday is a bad
day for gulls on the beach due to the local dump being closed. If the
weather is poor, there will still be gulls out there, but if it is sunny and
nice the gull numbers on a Sunday will be low. I usually go out there in the
afternoon, usually after 3pm, on overcast days. On low tides, gulls also
congregate at Pillar Point Harbor, north of the town of Half Moon Bay. Here
you can also get Mew Gulls and Heermann's Gulls, which are usually absent
from the Venice Beach flock.
On a "good" day there can be 10,000 to 12,000 gulls out at the Venice Beach
flock! This winter most days I have been out have been days of 4,000 - 8,000
gulls. Wind affects the local movements also, north winds promote northward
movements, and south winds southward movements, at any time during the
winter. As spring near, northward movements become more regular. During
heavy "travel" days of gulls, the cliffs south of Half Moon Bay (end of
Redondo Beach Road) or the cliffs in Moss Beach to the north of Half Moon
Bay (anywhere from Pillar Point to Fitzerald Marine Reserve, but parking lot
of Moss Beach Distillery restaurant is a good place) are great for gull
watching. You will get just fly-by looks on days like this, but it is great
for studying gull wing patterns.
Half Moon Bay, CA
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Thomas Miko [mailto:thomas.miko@...]
> Sent: Monday, January 23, 2006 9:49 AM
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> Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] hybrid gulls - West Coast style.
> > I have added a few images of possible Herring x Glaucous and Glaucous
> >Glaucous-winged hybrids.
> Hi Alvaro,
> I am so gald you said that! I photographed a bird there yesterday that I
> felt was a Glaucous X Glaucous-winged Hybrid.
> I really, really wish that somebody had pointed out that I needed to get
> to Half Moon bay's gull flocks at 07:00 a.m. or thereabouts: When we got
> there at 10:30 a.m. there were 30 gulls on the whole beach, and the rest
> were all 50 yards offshore, in the water. No Slaty-backed Gulls for me!
> I believe that the gulls were off the beach beacuse of all the human
> Tom back home in LA.
> Thomas Miko (Mik? Tam?s)
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