[Tweeters] Boat rental for finding the STGU? Local advice requested.

Scot Duncan scotduncan99 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 1 22:22:18 PDT 2017

A fellow birder whom I met several weeks ago (Jim Zook) suggested that I
post this brilliant idea of his...renting a boat to track down the gull.

Given that the local beaches will be full for the next three days, and
loafing gulls may withdraw to inaccessible locations along the shore,
hiring a boat and captain might be a very effective way to look for the
bird. Do any local birders have suggestions on how to rent a boat and/or
hire a guide with a boat? I'm sure a fishing guide would happily take the
offer. If you do have information on how this could be done, please post
your suggestions and information here on Tweeters. A boat would be a
logical way to patrol the coastline and look for loafing gulls, especially
in areas that the public does not have access to. While this may seem
unconventional, there are birders arriving from all over the US who would
probably be more than eager to hire a boat and pilot to seek out the day
roost for this nocturnal-feeding gull.

If you have ideas on hiring a boat and guide, but are not signed up for
posting on Tweeters, you may email me your ideas/information and I will
post it (though I plan to go birding tomorrow morning for a few hours and
will be unable to post during that time).

Finally, let me offer my gratitude to Ryan Merrill for finding this bird,
and for everyone who posted updates on it yesterday and today. I was able
to see it on Thursday morning thanks especially to Lonnie Somer who texted
me to make sure I was aware of it.

Bird well,
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