Slaty-backed Gull - Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County.
I found an adult Slaty-backed Gull at Venice Beach, Half Moon Bay, San
Mateo County today. I picked it up at about 4:30 pm and it eventually flew
when a large wave came in flushing many of the birds closer to the water.
The bird was right at the mouth of Pilarcitos/Frenchman's Creek. Ron Thorn
reported an adult Slaty-backed here in December, but I recall he said that
this bird had black on the bill. Therefore these are two different birds.
Today's individual was not as dark as most Slaty-backed, and had a reduced
string of pearls pattern.
Here are some photos to look at:
If anyone comes around tomorrow, my guess is that there will be a lot of
people on the beach as the weather promises to be pretty nice. But then
there were people out there today, and the bird was there, the only
frustration being that they flushed every so often due to someone walking
Other birds of note: A first year Glaucous Gull was around and the Dusky
Canada Goose which has been here since November is still around.
Half Moon Bay, California
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