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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kelp Gull spotted at San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Ground

Only just found at ebird -_-  
John Garrett found it in the morning and apparently a lot of birders went there.
Just checked on Sibley and it's a very rare bird from South America.


Last month a Glaucous Gull was spotted there and also missed that one.


Location


San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds, Los Angeles County, California, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:41 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
3 hour(s), 48 minute(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
John Garrett
Species
77 species (+3 other taxa) total
185
Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima)
35
Gadwall
70
American Wigeon
80
Mallard
5
Blue-winged Teal
2
Cinnamon Teal
75
Northern Shoveler
190
Northern Pintail
67
Green-winged Teal (American)
2
Ring-necked Duck
1
Lesser Scaup
6
Bufflehead
229
Ruddy Duck
1
Eared Grebe
3
Great Egret
3
Snowy Egret
10
Turkey Vulture
2
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis)
170
American Coot
45
Black-necked Stilt
3
Killdeer
1
Spotted Sandpiper
1
Greater Yellowlegs
295
Least Sandpiper
1
Western Sandpiper
South basin; Luke and David mentioned one in the north basin too.
46
Ring-billed Gull
37
Western Gull
90
California Gull
4
Herring Gull (American)
1
Thayer's Gull
Adult
1
Glaucous-winged Gull
2
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
1
Glaucous Gull
2nd-cycle; details and photos to be added. Found again independently by Luke Tiller and David Bell.

A large gull, similar in size or slightly bigger than nearby Westerns. Straight, slim mostly pinkish bill with a black band near the tip. The irides were pale; despite trying, I couldn't make out the color of the orbital ring. Upperparts very pale gray, with much white mixed in the mantle and wing coverts; the tertials and primaries were almost entirely white. Hint of light brown smudging on the belly. Short wings, with a fairly short primary projection and projection past the tail. Pink feet. Photos.

Glaucous Gull - Los Angeles, CA
3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
35
Eurasian Collared-Dove
4
Mourning Dove
15
White-throated Swift
4
Anna's Hummingbird
2
Allen's Hummingbird
1
Belted Kingfisher
1
Nuttall's Woodpecker
1
American Kestrel
1
Peregrine Falcon
3
Black Phoebe
1
Say's Phoebe
3
Cassin's Kingbird
1
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)
15
American Crow
6
Common Raven
6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
40
Tree Swallow
2
Barn Swallow
25
Bushtit
1
House Wren
7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
8
Northern Mockingbird
15
European Starling
2
American Pipit
2
Orange-crowned Warbler
5
Common Yellowthroat
1
American Redstart
Continuing at northwest corner; photos

American Redstart - Los Angeles, CA
1
Yellow Warbler
6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
30
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle x Audubon's)
A Myrtle-like warbler (white throat wrapping up sides of dark auriculars, light supercilium, hard-ish chuk note) with yellow in the center of the throat.
30
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)
14
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)
6
Song Sparrow
2
Lincoln's Sparrow
2
California Towhee
40
Red-winged Blackbird
2
Western Meadowlark
2
Brewer's Blackbird
10
Great-tailed Grackle
6
House Finch
11
Purple Finch
At least 3 adult males and 8 "females."
1
Lesser Goldfinch
8
American Goldfinch
1
European Goldfinch
First heard flying over on west side, although I later saw the same bird near the river. It joined some American Goldfinches, frequently chasing them and singing.

European Goldfinch - Los Angeles, CA
25
House Sparrow
 


At Torrance Beach but Black-legged Kittiwake as well.


Was feeling satisfied for a while but back to gloomy...lol.


Maybe I should bird there tomorrow morning....


http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L856570


San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds, Los Angeles County, California, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:01 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
5 hour(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
John Garrett
Species
57 species (+3 other taxa) total
70
Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima)
2
Gadwall
230
American Wigeon
25
Mallard
4
Northern Shoveler
80
Northern Pintail
8
Green-winged Teal (American)
1
Ring-necked Duck
2
Bufflehead
3
Ruddy Duck
1
Eared Grebe
1
Double-crested Cormorant
7
Turkey Vulture
4
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis)
100
American Coot
6
Black-necked Stilt
2
Killdeer
2
Least Sandpiper
6
Long-billed Dowitcher
6
Ring-billed Gull
1000
Western Gull

About 4000+ gulls when I first arrived, nearly 1/4 of which appeared (just by eyeballing) to be adult Westerns. Plus some younger birds.
3000
California Gull
40
Herring Gull (American)

Mostly first-cycles but all age types represented. Photos of some.
6
Thayer's Gull
25
Glaucous-winged Gull

Conservative estimate; up to 20 counted in the south flock before I got to the north flock.
2
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
10
Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)

Probably more. Mostly first-cycles; some second and a few adults. Photos of some.
1
Kelp Gull

I first saw this gull swimming near me on the east side of the south basin (the main basin south of Mines) at around 11:25am and was immediately struck by the blackness of this bird's upperparts. My initial thought was that wymani Western Gulls could be darker-backed than I'd realized--but then it walked onto a bar of mud, revealing bright lime-yellow legs and I realized this was a Kelp Gull. I immediately contacted a number of other birders and posted on LaCobirds.

It was slightly smaller than nearby Western Gulls, but still roughly similar in size; shapewise it was a little flatter-bodied and longer-winged, looking more attenuated overall. The bill was bright yellow, almost orangey-yellow, with a large and bold red (almost blood-red) gonydeal spot; overall the bill was more orange, and more slender, than nearby Western Gulls, although still with a fair gonydeal expansion, somewhat like a Herring Gull in shape.

The head was completely unmarked white; although big and blocky-headed like Western and Glaucous-winged Gulls, it sometimes gave me more of a flat-headed impression, although this varied with posture. I had good views of the bird's eye early on; the iris was a pale lemon-yellow, and the orbital-ring was a deep blood-red.

The underparts and tail were completely white, although there was some orange-red schmutz evident on the belly.

The mantle was exceedingly dark, quite distinctly darker than even the darkest adult wymani Western Gulls. There were faint brown hues, most strongly apparent in the greater and median secondary coverts; overall the blackness of the upperparts tended toward the brown side of black, rather than blue. The white tertial crescent was distinctly smaller than nearby Western Gulls, and the white spot near the base of the smallest tertial was quite small. The primaries were black, with only minuscule white tips, much smaller than virtually any other adult or near-adult gull present. The underside of the outermost primaries were also dark--this made the bird stand out later when the gull's mantle and legs were obstructed from view by other gulls.

The legs were completely, solidly lime-yellow-green, without the hint of pinkish webbing that some yellow-legged Western Gulls attain.

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4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
4
Eurasian Collared-Dove
5
Mourning Dove
3
Anna's Hummingbird
4
Allen's Hummingbird
1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
2
American Kestrel
3
Black Phoebe
1
Say's Phoebe
1
Cassin's Kingbird
1
Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)
2
American Crow
4
Common Raven
4
Tree Swallow
25
Bushtit
2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6
Northern Mockingbird
20
European Starling
2
Cedar Waxwing
1
Common Yellowthroat
1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
3
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)
1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)
5
Song Sparrow
2
California Towhee
1
Red-winged Blackbird
5
House Finch
1
Purple Finch
3
Lesser Goldfinch
6
American Goldfinch
5
House Sparrow

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