Various gulls, part 2 (OR, 02/20/11)

Another 5 pictures from Westmoreland Park.

This bird looks like a 1st cycle Glaucous-winged Gull. There are some gray mantle feathers coming through. Its massive size isn’t really conveyed well by the picture.

Another pigeon. This diminutive bird looks good for yet another 1st cycle Thayer’s Gull. This bird is overall very pale

This bird, even though it is facing again and doesn’t show its profile very well, has a blocky head and a honking bill. A good candidate for a 1st cycle Glaucous-winged Gull, but there are some dark streaks in the primaries, which makes it Olympic.

This 1st cycle bird was really white. The bill color is wrong for a pure Glaucous Gull as it would have to be nicely split pink-black. The bill size is unfortunately too large to consider Iceland/Kumlien’s. The tertials of 1st cycle Iceland/Kumlien’s Gulls are usually nicely patterned which is also not the case here. Just doesn’t look like your typical Glaucous-winged Gull. On Glaucous x Glaucous-winged hybrids, the bill is usually bicolored, but the border between the pink and black bill is ill-defined. Could this be a Glaucous x Glaucous-winged Gull with an all black bill? The bird’s size was maybe a little smaller than a pure Glaucous-winged which might support the barovianus heretage hypothesis. The bill would be ok as well. Please feel free to comment …

This Olympic Gull was perched up really close to me for a little while on the rails of one of the wooden bridges.

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Various gulls and a Ruddy Turnstone (OR, 02/20/11)

This continuing Ruddy Turnstone can be seen at the Pacific Oyster Company in Bay City.

The following 9 pictures (also see part 2) are a series of gull pictures taken at Westmoreland Park last weekend.

The bird below looks real good for a 1st cycle Thayer’s Gull.

The bird below is a real pigeon. Another 1st year Thayer’s Gull. Note how small the bill is. It is looks much more worn compared to the bill of the bird above with the clearly defined gonys.

This one is an adult Herring Gull.

Now what do we have here? The bill is massive. Dusky eyes. A 3rd cycle bird as shown by the black tail-band. It seems like that the mantle is too dark to consider a Herring x Glaucous-winged Hybrid. Is there Herring in it or is this just an Olympic Gull?

An interesting accipiter in my yard (Hillsboro, OR, 02/20/11)

This accipiter here was the second accipiter visiting my feeders this weekend. The first one was an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk in hot pursuit of a Black-capped Chickadee. He may have gotten it … This one came up empty.

The yellow eyes mean that this is a first-year bird. The interesting aspect is that it is molting into adult plumage with rufous showing on the cheek, neck and of course on the breast. Juvenile white spots remain on the back.

Size-wise, this bird was right in between Sharpie and Cooper’s. What is it?

Brown Shrike, Mountain Plover and Long-tailed Duck (OR, CA – 2/5/11)

Finally was able to make a run down for the long-staying Brown Shrike in McKinleyville, CA, last weekend. The bird was on the ocean side of the southernmost pond down from Vista Point. The bird was skittish and the lighting was awful …

 

I did much better with the Clam Beach Mountain Plover:

This bird was near a colony of Snowy Plovers. They’ve got to be in the running for cutest bird in the world …

At Jot Resort in Gold Beach, I dipped on the Northern Mockingbird, but found this close-up female Long-tailed Duck. In the excitement I noticed too late that the settings on my camera had gotten altered, so the shot is overexposed.