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Old 03-26-2020, 01:36 PM   #1
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A month ago in Pt. Reyes this bird almost insisted that I take its picture. At first I thought it was a gull, but with a band on its leg? So birders-- what kind of bird is it? Thanks.
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A "Banded Gull".

BTW. There is no such thing as a "Sea Gull".


My iBird app shows a gull like your picture and names it Herring Gull. Its winter range includes Florida, along with west coast of US and Canada.
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Jailbird or a married gull............
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Old 03-26-2020, 03:46 PM   #4
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A month ago in Pt. Reyes this bird almost insisted that I take its picture. At first I thought it was a gull, but with a band on its leg? So birders-- what kind of bird is it? Thanks.
Try this website.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Herring_Gull/id
Cornell does a great job with bird id
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A "Banded Gull".

BTW. There is no such thing as a "Sea Gull".


My iBird app shows a gull like your picture and names it Herring Gull. Its winter range includes Florida, along with west coast of US and Canada.

This entry cites the term.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gull
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Scientifically speaking, it is Larus argentatus.
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This entry cites the term.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gull

It cites the term because it's so commonly used, but the entry is about Gulls.
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Or, according to the Audubon app, it could be a Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus Glaucescens). It looks almost like the one Carl mentioned.
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My brother (an avid fisherman) calls them flying sea-rats.

Looks like a California Gull to me, or a Western Gull. Those two are really hard to tell apart.... Ooops, pink legs, probably the Western Gull.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:13 PM   #11
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btw, Cornell Labs has an awesome free bird ID program for Android or IPhone called Merlin. It can identify a bird from a photo.
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My brother (an avid fisherman) calls them flying sea-rats.

Looks like a California Gull to me, or a Western Gull. Those two are really hard to tell apart.... Ooops, pink legs, probably the Western Gull.

flying rats, or, winged rats - is correct.
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Sh*t hawks.
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Sh*t hawks.
By far the most common name used around here. On any trip to the dump you will see thousands upon thousands of them flying and feeding there.
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I second John's recommendation of the Merlin birder app. It helps identify birds, but you can also browse the images (several for each bird; different ages; male and female) and play the audio for bird songs, calls, etc. There can be quite a few different sounds for each bird. I sometimes get it out ( at home; on the lake while fishing) and engage the birds with the various sounds. The reactions are often profound.

The astounding thing is the app is absolutely free, with no annoying in app purchases or ads! . I never look at the Peterson's bird guide, printed or app. This is always in my pocket.

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flying rats, or, winged rats - is correct.
well, minus the 'sea' modifier, a flying rat is a pigeon.
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I use the Audubon app for birds. Very detailed, and lots of ways to do a search. I think it is rather pricey, I got it on a Christmas deal over a bunch of years ago.
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I use the Audubon app for birds. Very detailed, and lots of ways to do a search. I think it is rather pricey, I got it on a Christmas deal over a bunch of years ago.
Check out Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Labs, in either hte Google Play store, or the Apple Store, free, no advertising.
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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.

Downloading. Will compare with iBird Canada, which I have. Also provides multiple pix, bird calls, range etc.
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