RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mystery bird at
- All the field marks sem to be dead on for western meadowlark, except the bill. I found a report from 1970 of meadowlarks with just such a bill abnormality. Maybe this is a similar bird. Did all four birds observed have similarly long bills?
for the 1970 report.
From: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Bob Allen
Sent: Tue 1/30/2007 11:18 AM
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mystery bird at
Hey folks, what do you make of the bird posted at this website? From
Huntington Central Park near Shipley Nature Center last Friday.
Looks like some sort of meadowlark but the long bill has me baffled.
The photographer saw three of them there, foraging with juncos.
Owner & Co-Moderator, OC Birding
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- Hi Birders
While on today's gull ID fieldtrip for Los Angeles Audubon Society,
we had a probable third-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Doheny
Beach. It was found around 12 noon between the lagoon and the
breakwater which is northwest of the lagoon. It was in a flock of
WESTERN, RING-BILLED and CALIFORNIA GULLS. A few MEW GULLS, HEERMAN'S
GULLS, and thirteen or more GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS were also seen -
mostly first year birds.
The mantle was a dark slaty gray, dusky yellowish legs, pale
yellowish eye, smudging around the eye, dappling on the neck and
collar, a dark bill for the most part, with some paleness to the base
of the bill and a light yellow tip. The coverts and secondaries on
the folded wing were dark brown, there was contrast between the dark
gray mantle and blackish primaries, and the primaries lacked windows
or apical spotting. The tail appeared to be all white white.
Myself and one other birder got digiphotos of the bird.
The day started rainy, but the rain stopped and gave way to partly
Mary & Nick Freeman