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Owner Cory Gregory

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  1. Number observed: 2
  2. Number observed: 4
  3. Greater/Lesser Scaup

    Number observed: 2
  4. Number observed: 4
  5. Number observed: 2
  6. Number observed: 21
  7. Number observed: 6
  8. Number observed: 2
  9. Number observed: 1500
  10. Number observed: 800
  11. Number observed: 2
  12. Number observed: 7

    Comments: Individually counted several times. All adults and easily spotted by huge size, very dark mantles, and clean white heads. At times, you could see 3-4 at once in one scope view.

  13. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Although fairly distant, we both scoped this bird for at least 30 minutes. Through numerous comparisons with other black-backed species present, we were struck by several things: a) the exceedingly dark mantle, b) the clean white head, c) the diminutive size compared to other gulls. We are certain that this was in fact the continuing Kelp Gull that has been seen at this lake on-and-off for several months.

    First, the darkness of the mantle was striking. Early on in our observation, the light was quite good and, from every angle, the mantle was jet black and much darker than any LBBG should show in any circumstance. In fact, we were able to compare this mantle color with both GBBG and LBBG that, at times, were next to the Kelp. The shade was at least as dark as GBBG and much much darker than any LBBG present.

    All of the LBBGs we saw still had slight smudgy streaking on the head. The Kelp, however, had a brilliantly white head that was easily noticeable.

    Really one of the fieldmarks that settled this ID was the size. Although distant, we watched it swim with, behind, and in front of adult GBBGs and LBBGs. The Kelp was much smaller than any of the GBBGs we saw, sometimes even appearing to be half the size! Swimming among the many HERGs, it appeared this bird was the same size. We managed only very poor quality digiscoped photos of the bird on the water but note the size relative to the HERGs around it (especially two birds to the left of it). We will be back in the AM to see if we can get better proof!

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  14. Number observed: 15
  15. Number observed: 2
  16. Number observed: 1
  17. Number observed: 15
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