Re: Kumlien's Iceland Gull
- Birders -
The bird which Alvaro saw and photographed yesterday
continues today. It was sitting at the end of the wooden ramp at
Hidden Lake Park in Milpitas. Here are a few observations on
The Kumlien's Gull candidate (KUGUcan?!) was noticeably
lighter in its mantle than all the other second-year birds. There
were a few second-year Thayer's Gulls around for comparison.
The primaries had no brownish color, and the tertials had fine
grey lines unlike anything I saw in the Thayer's or Herring Gulls
(most easily seen in Alvaro's Photos 1 & 6). The bill was slightly
smaller than the Thayer's, and dramatically smaller than the
Herring Gulls, and definetly two-toned. The bird did not open its
wings while I was there and had it in sight.
Directions - from Calaveras Boulevard (CA237), go north on N.
Milpitas. At Tramway, do a U-turn and pull into the parking lot for
Hidden Lake (about 1/2 block south). The wooden dock is on
the north side of the lake.
Half Moon Bay, CA
--- In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com, "Alvaro Jaramillo"
> Birdersconsistent with a
> Today I located a second year bird showing features
> Kumlien's (Iceland) Gull. The bird was at Hidden Lake,Milpitas, Santa Clara
> County. The lake is on Milpitas Blvd, slightly south of Tramway.Here are
> photos of the bird for those interested in what it looked like.that Iceland
> As always, comments welcome on the identification. I realize
> Gull sends shivers up the spines of some birder's, but this birddoes look
> Alvaro Jaramillo
> Half Moon Bay, CA
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