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Full adult (IMHO) CALIFORNIA GULL is still at REDA 12/8/04.
This time it was much closer as it was hanging out with other gulls on a
rocky mudflat that is not far from the shoreline (Riverlands Way) since the
water in Ellis Bay has gone done.
This time we got to see the bill, eye and legs quite well. As well as the
underwing.
Nice comparisons of Herring and Ring-bill gulls right next to him.
Absolutely no doubts as to what this bird is.
Think Jim has gotten some decent shots.....and YES Patrick, Jim will get the
pictures to you.
Give him a few minutes or so, please. :-)

Does ANYONE stop at the stoplights along Hwy 367?......... Holy &^%$!
HATE driving up there.

Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joshua Uffman" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: California Gull Pictures


> Thanks for putting them on the website Patrick!
>
> I just wanted to add that this is the California Gull (Great Basin Race)
> being seen at REDA as of late and of course found by Jim and Charlene
> Malone on December 2.  These pictures were taken on Monday, December 6,
> when Joe Eades, Charlene Malone and I saw the bird.
>
> The pictures are not the greatest, but they do give anyone interested in
> looking for the gull an idea of what the bird being seen looks like.
>
> Although I was not able to get any direct comparison shot photos, the
> photos do show:
>
> **  Strongly streaked head with a clean nape seperating the lower part of
> the "hood" from the upper blue-gray mantle.
> **  Although the pictures are a bit dark.  The mantle color still appears
> darker.. more of a blue gray, which is real!!  This bird is definitely a
> shade bluer-gray than all nearby adult Herring and Ring Billed Gulls.
> **  The overall "jizz" of a California Gull.
>
> Hopefully the bird will stick around and someone will get better pics.
> But, this was the best I could do when the bird was almost 300 yards away.
>
> Josh Uffman
> St. Louis County, MO
>
> Patrick Harrison <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Provided by Josh Uffman:
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> http://mobirds.org/Galleries/JUffman.htm
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> Patrick
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