Pectoral SP & Lesser Black-backed Gull
- This morning I followed up on Ron Lambeth's sightings of Pectoral
Sandpiper and Semi-palmated Plover at Ela. I saw both about 7:45 AM.
The Pectoral was my 250th Mesa County List bird. After getting to 245
mid-summer, I figured it would be a long time before I got to 250.
The Fall migration however quickly filled in some holes in my list.
Even so, I still have missing what any self-respecting Mesa birder
would call easy fall migrants. As the Denver sports teams always seem
to say: "Wait Til Next Year." Just a minute, the Rockies may be
putting that saying to rest.
I then drove to Ridgway SP to look for early Fall ducks and late
shorebirds. I had given up on the previously seen Lesser Black-backed
Gull. When I got there no ducks or shorebirds but about 25 gulls - 22
California, 1 Ring-billed and the Lesser Black-backed. Nice bonus
bird. It exactly matched the 2nd winter bird on The Large Gulls of
North America DVD by Jon Dunn and John Vanderpool. I highly recommend