Possible Vega Gull in Half Moon Bay, California.
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.
Half Moon Bay, CA
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