Sabine's Gull

Xema sabini


eBird Checklist S19814254
Stampede Boat Launch
Sierra, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 39.4705, -120.135 Map

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Both were juvenile birds feeding at the western arm of the reservoir. It is easiest to see them from the boat launch area. From the parking lot, go west under the pines to the opening and face west. With a scope look out to the northern most part of this western arm. The two birds were actively feeding over the water there. If you want a closer look, you will have to go back about half a mile to the area where the pavement ends and continue west to the day use area. Follow this road, always bearing to the left, to the lake and park. This road is very, very rough and should not be attempted without high clearance. Walk further along the shoreline scoping periodically. We saw the birds over the peninsula on which the pelicans and gulls are loafing. Description: Striking wing pattern of black and white distinctive for Sabine's Gull. Back brown, back of head brown leading down into the region of the eye. Bill black. Head was not hooded black as adult. Below white. Slightly notched tail. Did not see black at end of the tail. This photo is the best I could get under the circumstances of heavy wind and distance.

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