This afternoon I finally relocated both the 1st-basic
KUMLIEN'S ICELAND GULL (identity controversial, of
course) and the 1st-basic GLAUCOUS GULL among hundreds
of gulls at Clearlake Park.
The GLAUCOUS GULL was circling overhead in a flock
that had just spooked from a dock that cannot be
viewed, and was seen from about 3:30-3:35 pm.
The KUMLIEN'S ICELAND GULL was out on the water and
seen flying several times from 3:45-4:00 pm, and was
then seen on a dock from 4:10-4:45. The dock is at
11021 Lakeshore Drive, 4.0 miles north of the
Clearlake Park Post Office and 2.3 miles north of the
hairpin S-curve junction of Lakeshore and San Joaquin.
The Kumlien's-like Gull is paler now than it was on 16
January; the wingtips are the palest part of the bird
with a narrower dark line along the shaft of each
primary, the tertials and tail are finely spotted, and
there definitely is no contrasting secondary bar.
Photos of the bird on 16 January with a link to
comments from others are posted at:
Within a few hours I will be uploading new photos of
the bird at:
Also, on Friday the 17th I saw a flock of about 15
VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, my first for the year (I've
seen TREE SWALLOWS on several occasions), at Hidden
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake County