Del Norte County Black-headed Gull (8-16-2003)
- CALBIRDERS, NWCALBIRD, County Birders:
On Saturday I saw the first summer Black-headed Gull (first found on August
2, 2003) on Saturday, August 16, 2003, with two birders from Oregon. It
arrived at precisely 8:07 PM and was still there at 8:30 PM. Alan Barron
and I had spent 6:30 to 8:30 PM there the day before and did not see the
gull then. A single Semipalmated Sandpiper was also present at this
location on Saturday at the south-east end of Teal Point along the north end
of Lake Earl.
To reach this area, drive north on US 101 from Crescent City and turn left
on Elk Valley Crossing Road (there is a brown sign there pointing to
Florence Keller Park). Make a right on Lake Earl Drive and later a left
onto Lower Lake Road, and then later make another left onto Kellogg Road.
You will be now entering a housing development that never got off the
ground. Make a left on Tell Blvd. Most the roads here are unsigned, but a
few are. It's a confusing place to find your way, and even after visiting
this place three different times, I am still not convinced of the directions
I am giving. Each time I had to make my way through the maze and eventually
got to the location: Make a left onto Ocean Drive. Ocean Drive will be
densely bordered by small pines. Eventually, the road will curve to the
right and head south, and will dead-end at the Black-headed Gull location.
Alternatively, during the day you can check the west end of Lakeview Drive
off of Lake Earl Drive (south of Elk Crossing Road) as Alan Barron has also
found the Black-headed Gull here at midday.
There have been no additional reports on the Black-headed Gull to the Arcata
(707) 822-5666 between our sighting and the writing of this report.
Mike Feighner, Livermore, CA, Alameda County
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