Lesser Black-backed Gull at Crowley

Observers: Jon Dunn (fide C. Howard)
Email: choward@telis.org
Remote Name: 66.52.25.174
Date: 10/22/2003
Time: 06:56:17 PM

Sighting

Today (22 Oct) at 5PM there was a second-year Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Crowley Reservoir marina. It was very dark mantled, but not noticeably larger than adjacent California Gulls. The bill was thicker (and pale based) than Cal Gulls, and parallel sided. The bird was seen in the channel among the boat docks. The marina is accessed by turning off Hwy 395 at the Crowley overpass and driving down the paved road to the lake.

This is the first report of Lesser Black-backed Gull in the Eastern Sierra.  This species typically breeds in Northern Europe and winters in Africa.