Re: [CALBIRDS] nesting/breeding status of Heerman's Gull in California
In San Luis Obispo County there are a couple of records of territorial
and/or nest-building Heermann's Gulls along the bluff off Shell Beach. I
don't believe the few attempts there have actually produced young, but
the gulls went through the motions nonetheless. Pressures from Western
Gulls and roosting Brown Pelicans may have something to due with those
unsuccessful nesting attempts. I photographed one of the birds on
territory in June as it tended to the nest site, but I don't remember if
any eggs were actually seen that particular year.
Santa Maria, CA
> Don Roberson's Monterey Birds discusses a small breeding colony of
> Heerman's Gull in the Monterey area, continuation as of 2002 somewhat precarious
> due to competition with Canadian Goose in the same habitat.
> What is the current status of HEGU for nesting/breeding in that county, or
> recently elsewhere in the state? I know that primarily they breed/nest in
> Mexico. Thanks.
> Alan Birnbaum
> Fresno Ca