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4850Possible Vega Gull in Half Moon Bay, California.

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  • Alvaro Jaramillo
    Feb 11, 2006

      David Vander Pluym found another good candidate for a first cycle Vega
      Gull in Half Moon Bay today. We have not had a Vega candidate photographed
      this winter yet so this is a new bird. The bird closely resembles the two
      first year birds from previous years, links are on the page.

      Comments on the ID are always welcome. Perhaps a question is warranted to
      European birders, how could one know this is not a European Herring Gull
      (however unlikely that is in Califoria)?

      Here is a link to my photos of the bird, watched by a large group of birders
      looking for Slaty-backed Gull.


      This is not a separate species yet according to the AOU, but the nearly
      certain split of smithsonianus (American) Herring Gull from the Old World
      taxa would make this a species separate from our local Herring Gull.

      I have also added photos (by Ryan Terrill and David Vander Pluym) of the
      adult Slaty-backed Gull that was around last week, found by Todd McGrath.
      Those photos are up top.


      Good birding


      Alvaro Jaramillo
      Half Moon Bay, CA

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