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Old 03-26-2020, 08:30 PM   #21
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Western Gull (Larus occidentalis). Dark back, black primaries, pink legs, pure white head (adult), This is the most common gull for that area.
I have a few pictures of them in this blog: https://lenanddiansadventures.blogsp...gon-coast.html
I hope the link works.
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I guess I'm dumb as a dodo, because I can't get it to do anything. It's downloaded and installed. Did a search on gull. Got a list of names. Touch any of the names and nothing happens.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:07 PM   #23
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Why would anyone put a leg band on a bird this common?
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Just joshing. But the band would imply tracking movement & migration, if there is any.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:38 PM   #25
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Anecdote alert:
When I was about 13 I started fishing a lot. We walked about 3 miles to a section of a nice creek to fish. The farm ground near the creek was often supersaturated by fall rains. One spring day as we were headed out to fish we saw a large flock of gulls on freshly plowed ground near the edge of the woods. We walked down there to see why the gulls were in the plowed ground. When we got to where the birds had been we were surprised to find many tiger salamanders that had been turned out of the ground by the plow. The birds had been ripping the salamanders apart for food. It was an impressive carnage. It was one of those moments when the ecology/ ecotone light when on. I’ve been fascinated by nature ever since.
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:25 AM   #26
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I guess I'm dumb as a dodo, because I can't get it to do anything. It's downloaded and installed. Did a search on gull. Got a list of names. Touch any of the names and nothing happens.
Dodos are extinct. You are still vertical. Therefore, you cannot possibly be as dumb as a dodo!
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The cornell app is my go to.

You know that gulls by the sea are called seagulls. What are gulls by the bay called?

......bagels.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:20 PM   #28
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As the various answers already given illustrate and the Wikipedia article explains, identifying a specific gull species is not trivial. An old list of birds breeding at Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore includes Heermann's Gull, California Gull, and Western Gull... and a more extensive list (not just breeding species) shows 16 species of gull at Point Reyes. The National Park Service has a useful web page for birds at Point Reyes.

Lots of common birds are studied, using various methods including banding, for many reasons. Given the relatively plain band (not multiple colour-coded rings, for instance), this one was probably not being continuously tracked as an individual, but just checked to see if it returned somewhere.
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... BTW. There is no such thing as a "Sea Gull"...
Not so sure about that. I "see gulls" all the time!
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Not so sure about that. I "see gulls" all the time!
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The English language is so confusing. Remember this one?” I am a sea food eater, when I see food I eat it.”
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The English language is so confusing. Remember this one?” I am a sea food eater, when I see food I eat it.”
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I think Spam's new meaning is appropriate, regardless of what Tom H claims about his Hawaiian convenience store delicacy.

I think we own about every bird ID app ever created. Mary can use any of them successfully but Merlin is my choice. Some of the other ones seem to expect me to already know way more about birds than I do.
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"I think Spam's new meaning is appropriate, regardless of what Tom H claims about his Hawaiian convenience store delicacy."



Spam? Who mentioned Spam? Where? What post#?



But now that you mention it, musubi is a mighty tasty delicacy, to those with a sophisticated and discriminating palate.


bon appetit, and bon voyage
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Spam? Who mentioned Spam? Where? What post#?



But now that you mention it, musubi is a mighty tasty delicacy, to those with a sophisticated and discriminating palate.


bon appetit, and bon voyage
Hi Tom,
Seems like a lot of bon bons. Which by the way, my grandmother used to host a rural neighborhood card party where the top secret gossip was exchanged in code, Czech language. The leftover candy, including bon bons was fair game as it was left behind in the ceramic turquoise blue Lazy Susan. Hmmmm in this case Boy appetite.
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I guess I'm dumb as a dodo, because I can't get it to do anything. It's downloaded and installed. Did a search on gull. Got a list of names. Touch any of the names and nothing happens.
you're talking about the Merlin app from Cornell? you need to load at least one regional database, in the case of this bird sighting, would be the west coast, which covers California, Oregon, and Washington. That database is pretty large and might take a fair bit of time to download if your internet connection is slow (and is best done on a fast wifi connection).
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Yup. It took some considerable time to fully load. I still haven't had time to check it out. Spent all evening binging "Tiger King" on Netflix.
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Check out Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Labs, in either hte Google Play store, or the Apple Store, free, no advertising.
I will have a look at it and check it out. I have already paid for the Audubon app, though it can never hurt to have another reference.
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I realized last night, for Merlin, while the west coast bird index was about 400MB, the index for the whole of the USA and Canada was about 800MB, so I deleted the west coast and installed the whole thing. I have a 64GB phone so I can afford that kinda space.
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I realized last night, for Merlin, while the west coast bird index was about 400MB, the index for the whole of the USA and Canada was about 800MB, so I deleted the west coast and installed the whole thing. I have a 64GB phone so I can afford that kinda space.
Thanks for the tip!
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We like and use the Merlin app, too. Saw this beauty for the first time (in over 20 years) at 'Campground Mi Casa' yesterday. Terrible quality, sorry. Turned out to be a female Northern Harrier Hawk. Stayed quite awhile, jumping all around looking for brunch. Yesterday's highlight - as we 'shelter in place'. -Bea
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Hi,
I would say that it is the noble Herring Gull
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