Bird #414 — California Gull

larus (ravenous seabird) californicus (of California)

Tuesday, April 30, 2002 — 4:15 pm

Pueblo County, Colorado — Lake Pueblo State Park

There were 47 California Gulls below the visitor center. Most of them were standing on a sand bar about 15 feet off the shore of the lake not far above the dam. Others were standing in shallow water right next to the bar near a large flock of pink-breasted Franklin’s Gulls. A few were flying over the lake nearby and a few were swimming. Some of them were preening.

They were your basic gulls, white with a gray mantle and black wing tips. They were quite a bit larger than the Franklin’s Gulls. The bill was yellow with a red spot on the lower mandible near the tip and a thin black line across both mandibles. Their eyes were dark and their legs were yellow.

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