Re: [Mendobirds] Glaucous Gull
- Somewhere on this list recently I read that someone had spotted a Glaucous Gull at Virgin Creek.
It was still there yesterday on top of a headland rock separated from the cliffs and not near the creek mouth- resting on the grassy blufftop amongst the Mendocino Indian Paintbrushes and other wildflowers. . .it was pretty windy out.
Solid white bird with transluscent wingtips and a dark beak, larger than most of the other gulls that were milling around overhead.
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- Thu, 27 Mar 2008 -- Joanne Haller and I birded the north coast
Thursday from Ten Mile River to Navarro River. It was a beautiful,
clear day with an onshore wind, but not very birdy. The most
interesting bird we found was a 1st winter GLAUCOUS GULL sitting with
a group of Western Gulls on the beach by the parking lot at Laguna Point.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
- I would rate my gull identification skills as mediocre at best, but if you want to see a sub-adult glaucous gull, it is pretty obvious at McKerricker parking lot. Good spotting by Toby. I completely mis-identificed the bird when I first saw it a couple of days back as a weird glaucous-winged gull as it seems to be mixed in with all the glaucous-winged gulls out there at the moment.
Anyway, if you feel a need to stare at gulls for a minute or two, the glaucous gull is hanging along the shore at the Laguna Point parking lot. Look for the really BIG gull. Even I could pick it out. Thanks Toby.
Also seen: single juvinile male white winged scoter that is also hard to miss and has been hanging around McKerricker.