Sunday, February 23, 2014

California Gulls

Gulls, or “sea gulls” to the uninformed, are something you expect to see when you go to the beach.  They are always prolific along the sandy shore of our coast line, but not so common inland.  So, I was a little surprised to see a flock of 35 yesterday during a walk through Salem’s Waterfront Park floating on the flooded Willamette River. That’s one of things I enjoy about birding so much, every day seems to bring about something unexpected. If you look closely at this pair you will notice the black and red spots on the bill which is the diagnostic clue to determining that they are California Gulls

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