[Tweeters] Black-tailed Gull at North Cove today 10-3

Ted Kenefick tgkenefick at msn.com
Mon Oct 4 00:00:06 PDT 2004

Hello All,

As Ruth Sullivan reported, I did see the Black-tailed Gull (my 6th attempt
also, Rolan) on the sandbar at the usual North Cove location between 11:45
a.m. and 12:40 p.m.  The bird preened and flew short distances among the
gull flock allowing for excellent views of all field marks.  At 12:45 p.m.
as David Hayden and I were watching, the bird took off to the west and then
banked to the north well over the bay.  I was able to follow the gull in
flight and also as it set down on the water a hundred or so yards offshore
in the company of 4 Heermann's Gulls.  About this time, Andy and Ellen
Stepniewski pulled up and we watched this distinctive gull in flight as it
circled lazily and alit on the water on several occasions.  Eventually, the
bird was almost to the outer sandbar well offshore when we lost sight of it
at about 1:10 p.m.


What a great bird! Thanks to everyone for continuing to report.

Cheers and Good Birding,
Ted Kenefick
Seattle, WA

tgkenefick at MSN.COM

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rolan Nelson" <rnbuffle at yahoo.com>
To: "Ruth Sullivan" <godwit at worldnet.att.net>; <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Cc: "OBOL" <obol at lists.oregonstate.edu>
Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2004 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Black-tailed Gull at North Cove today 10-3

> OK,  OK !
> I was gonna report it, HONEST!!   Today at about 2 PM in the company of a
> birder from Spokane, I spotted the BLACK TAILED GULL along the sandbar at
> North Cove.  In an ironic twist, we had a black lab to thank.  When the
> dog spooked the flock, we got lucky and picked the black tail out of the
> flock.
> For me, 6th time was the charm!
> -Rolan
> Ruth Sullivan <godwit at worldnet.att.net> wrote:
>   Hello Tweets and other birders,
> Today we were informed by a birding friend of ours that the Black-tailed
> Gull was again observed today by several birders between 11:45am-12:45pm
> and possibly beyond that time at the usual North Cove location along
> S.R.105. The bird was observed along the beach shoreline,as well as just
> offshore in the ocean,then returned to the open beaches.This information
> is for those that still desire to see the bird and to post the sighting in
> case other birders that saw the bird today do not post their sightings and
> observations of the bird. This date makes exactly 2 months that the
> Black-tailed Gull has been observed at this location,as first observed by
> Charlie Wright and Fred Boesche on the 3rd of August,2004.
> Sincerely,
> Ruth and Patrick Sullivan
> Fircrest,WA
> godwit at worldnet.att.net
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