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Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Apr 24, 2014 - 05:28pm PT
Dave, Reilly,

I vote Lesser Black-backed, too. It has yellow legs. I can't get a sense of the size or eye color. Yellow-footed (which I haven't seen) is bigger than Western, Herring. Lesser Black-backed is about the size of California. Any more photos?
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Apr 24, 2014 - 05:37pm PT
My book says Yellow-footed Gull hangs out at the Salton Sea.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 24, 2014 - 05:46pm PT
PlanB, that is true but they don't tend to show up until later in the summer
I believe and they are considerably larger- 25" vs 21" for LBBG.
john hansen

climber
Apr 24, 2014 - 10:19pm PT
Here is one I took last April 30th at Salton sea that I thought was a Yellow footed Gull.

Now that I look more closely I think it could be a California gull.

Credit: john hansen

And a more tightly cropped one of the same bird.

Note the bill markings.

Credit: john hansen

And real tight.. I added a bit of saturation on the last one to better judge the reddish eye and gape at the bill.

Credit: john hansen

Dang, I guess YFG comes off the life list... Gulls are tough.

Here are some from the web.

http://christian.maliverney.oiseaux.net/yellow-footed.gull.2.html#alpha




dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 24, 2014 - 10:44pm PT
Hey Reilly and Tony thanks for the look.

We thought it was a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

I was hoping for some reinforcement on it before submitting to eBird. The moderator for Riverside County is pretty hard core and I don't want to look like a total ass! I pissed him off a while back and have just gotten on better terms with him recently.

If you could please look at these two other shots from Rob's Site. They might be a little better than mine.

Thanks, I really appreciate it.



http://www.robraker.com/Robs-Natural-World/Salton-Sea/38567426_j5v76D#!i=3188034302&k=wvx7nXf

http://www.robraker.com/Robs-Natural-World/Salton-Sea/38567426_j5v76D#!i=3188034470&k=wSKnZD9
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 25, 2014 - 12:05am PT
After looking at robraker's shots I am more sure of it being a LBBG. The sloping forehead, the fairly straight lower mandible, and the look on his face of "How did I wind up in this bunch of wankers!" The only thing I'm not really seeing is any white tips to the primaries but sometimes they are hard to see and those shots are a bit 'soft'. ;-)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 25, 2014 - 03:10pm PT
First Black-crowned Nigh Heron of the year.

Credit: Bob D'A
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 25, 2014 - 03:30pm PT
ever wonder what happened to velociraptors? they evolved into anis

Groove-billed Ani
Groove-billed Ani
Credit: little Z
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 26, 2014 - 05:46pm PT
I was just about to submit my Salt Creek (Salton Sea) list and feeling pretty good about Lesser Black-backed Gull.

I noticed on Rob's site there is a drop down zoom menu to the right of the photo. If you choose "original" it gives max size. At that magnification I can see black and red on the bill and the eye still looks dark. Neither one of my shots showed the bill tip.

I'm thinking it's a California Gull. Dangit.

One more look? Here is the big picture.

http://www.robraker.com/Robs-Natural-World/Salton-Sea/38567426_j5v76D#!i=3188034302&k=wvx7nXf&lb=1&s=O


Sorry about that.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 26, 2014 - 05:56pm PT
Credit: dee ee
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 26, 2014 - 06:04pm PT
Great shot Little Z, love the beaks on Groove-billed.

Blue-winged Teal from today's hike.

Credit: Bob D'A
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 26, 2014 - 06:18pm PT
Dee, bummer! Couldn't see the black bit on the other pics. It also didn't look dark enough
overall but that is a tougher call.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 26, 2014 - 07:49pm PT
Love the Ani! And the swallows getting mud...awesome!
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Apr 26, 2014 - 09:12pm PT
Agree with Crimpergirl.
The Ani, and what a fun scene the Cliff Swallows collecting mud!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 27, 2014 - 02:03pm PT
found another Great Potoo on its "nest" (had one last year that I posted some photos of). There is a young downy white chick nestled in the breast feathers of the adult. This one is much younger than the one I saw last year.

Great Potoo with chick. In snooze mode...
Great Potoo with chick. In snooze mode...
Credit: little Z

Great Potoo in alert mode after it saw me pointing a telescope at it
Great Potoo in alert mode after it saw me pointing a telescope at it
Credit: little Z

just down the road was an immature Rufescent Tiger-Heron, a nice find and a tick for the year list.

Rufescent Tiger-Heron, immature
Rufescent Tiger-Heron, immature
Credit: little Z

Josh and Kathi just scored big-time! They were in on the sighting of a Hudsonian Godwit - maybe the 3rd record for Costa Rica, and the first documented one. That's one I still need. Congratulations!

Hudsonian Godwit at Chomes, April 26, 2014. Photo by Pat O'Donnell &#4...
Hudsonian Godwit at Chomes, April 26, 2014. Photo by Pat O'Donnell ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/540473022645837/ )
Credit: little Z
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 27, 2014 - 02:07pm PT
northern shoveler
northern shoveler
Credit: cyndiebransford
pintail
pintail
Credit: cyndiebransford
greater white-fronted geese
greater white-fronted geese
Credit: cyndiebransford

The birds are arriving on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 27, 2014 - 06:13pm PT
Love those shoveler's, Cyndie!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 27, 2014 - 07:07pm PT
^ Agreed! Went on a walk yesterday and saw lots of Shovelers, Red-Heads, Cinnamon Teal and an uncountable number of Blue-Wing Teal. Only one Green-Wing Teal. I really like ducks and love the photos of them!
john hansen

climber
Apr 27, 2014 - 11:08pm PT
Ducks are cool.

Credit: john hansen


Credit: john hansen
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 27, 2014 - 11:28pm PT
^ Love!
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