[Tweeters] Black-Tailed Gull Continues (at Commencement Bay)

Hans-Joachim Feddern thefedderns at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 22:12:17 PDT 2011

Thank you Kevin and Carol for posting your update on Tacoma's "Gull
Central". We also had a couple of likely *Thayer's Gulls* there yesterday
with a brief look at what may have been the *Sabine's Gull.* I also found an
adult *Western Gull* there the previous day.

We also went to Point Defiance late yesterday, with about the same results
as Carol. It appeared to be slack tide with not much water movement to
attract many gulls. A pair of loudly calling *Common Ravens* was the
exception. We also saw them on the ground at the side of Five Mile Drive.

*WARNING*: We ran across a visiting business woman from Virginia at the
Vashon View Point, who had the passenger window in her rental car smashed
and her purse with all ID's and credit cards stolen. She called us today and
we found out, that this is the third car break-in at Pt. Defiance this week.
Be careful out there and do not leave any valuables in your car!

Good Birding!


On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 8:30 PM, Carol & Lynn Schulz <
carol.schulz50 at gmail.com> wrote:

> **

> Hi Tweets:

> I hit the trifecta of gulls today, Black-tailed, juv Franklin's, and

> Sabine's Gull while viewing the log booms on Commencement Bay. I arrived

> about noon, and parked at Dick Gilmur Park on hwy 509. It was cloudy, but

> warm. I very-quickly saw the juv Franklin's Gull, on the right log boom,

> almost out to the end. The partial hood on its head really stood out, as I

> compared it to the Bonaparte's Gulls next to it. I couldn't locate the

> Black-tailed Gull, so I drove north another 2 blocks or so, and stopped at

> the pullout that is next to a house w/ bird feeders. Kevin Black and his

> brother were there. Thanks to Kevin, I was able to see the Black-tailed

> Gull, which had hunkered down. There is a new large log raft anchored onto

> the outer log boom. The gull was perched on the near edge of that large log

> raft. The bird was facing away, and it was hard to see the field marks,

> except when it moved just right. Kevin had seen it first on the near

> logboom, and it had flown out to the second log boom w/ the large raft of

> new logs. Kevin and his brother had to leave, and at about 1:15 I saw a

> flying juv Sabine's Gull almost straight out. I first saw it flying just

> past the new log raft, and then it flew out into the center where there were

> lots of flying gulls. It perched on the water out there briefly. It was

> flying out in the middle as I watched, and in the backround you could see

> the large grain elevator. I watched it fly for about 8 minutes, but then

> did not see it again. It is striking w/ its black and tan m-shaped pattern,

> and black band on its tail. The wings are very long. Beautiful bird.

> After that, Knut Hansen showed up and took digiscope pictures of the Blk-t

> Gull. We didn't see the Sabine's again.

> At 2pm, I traveled to Pt Defiance Park to try to see Jaegers. I found out

> its hard to get there by going around the edge of the bay, because the

> tunnel at Asarco is now gone!!, and you must take a detour to get to Pt

> Defiance. About 3 blocks before the public fishing pier on Ruston Way, you

> turn left and go thru an underpass. From there the "detour" is hardly

> marked at all. You're on your own. You essentially travel up a steep hill,

> and along the ridge behind what used to be Asarco, in order to get to Pearl

> St on 46th St, near Pt Defiance Park. Luckily I had a map. It was very

> quiet birding over on the waters near Pt Defiance. I did see a few Rhino

> Auklets.

> I left Pt Defiance Park, and returned to the log boom area. It was late

> afternoon. Lighting was poor at my favorite pullout by the bird feeder

> house, and I couldn't find any of the special birds. I doubled back to Dick

> Gilmur, where Ruth Sullivan was. We found 3 Least Sandpipers on the near

> log boom, down at the far left end w/ some of the many Black Turnstones.

> There had to have been 30 or more Turnstones. A couple were there from New

> York State, looking for the rare gull. They were in WA to visit their son

> at Evergreen St College. I kept looking for the gull out on the far log

> raft. Finally some birds flew, and we saw a black tail on an adult gull.

> It flew briefly and landed back in a spot very close to where it had been

> earlier in the day. The couple got the gull in their scope.

> It had been a nice warm day, with a few rain drops, but no wind, and 3

> terrific gulls. A great day of birding for me. Thank you, Kevin Black, for

> showing me the Black-tailed Gull!

> Yours, Carol Schulz

> Des Moines


> *From:* Kevin Black <citybylight at hotmail.com>

> *Sent:* Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:43 PM

> *To:* tweeters at u.washington.edu

> *Subject:* [Tweeters] Black-Tailed Gull Continues (at Commencement Bay)


> Hi all,


> Over on the west side visiting my parents in Olympia. Decided to swing by

> to Tacoma to see the black-tailed gull. Spotted the black-tailed

> Gull on the log booms preening. The gull seems to be a bit more active now.

> Easily observed the unique Id features on the gull I have poor pics but

> mostly identifiable pics using digiscoping technique with my iPhone. Many

> Bonapartes Gull and the Franklin's Gull was present on the log booms as

> well. Carol Schultz pulled up before I was leaving and we were able to look

> at the Black-Tailed together.


> Kevin Black

> Richland, WA

> http://www.flickr.com/photos/eager_like_a_deer

> Sent from my iPhone


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*Hans Feddern*
Twin Lakes/Federal Way, WA
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