Sabine's Gull at Owens Lake

Observers: Cheyenne Laczek-Johnson
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Date: 10/03/2004
Time: 12:36 AM -0400


On a cloudy and pleasant Saturday evening, I saw a juvenile Sabine’s Gull at the Shallow Flood pond near Dirty Socks on Owens Lake. It was foraging by an outflow pipe on the east end of the pond. The face, throat, breast and underparts were white. The top of the head was dark gray which extended behind and beneath the eyes in a narrow band (helmet-like). This dark gray band was bordered by a thin, white wedge before meeting the lighter gray of the back of the head. The crown, back of head, and nape were lighter gray. The back was distinctively brown with pale edging, appearing scalloped or scaled. Legs were light pink and the bill was dark. Primaries were black with white edges. I also saw a Hooded Merganser at Owens River at Narrow Gauge Rd.