Tag Archives: identification

Moss with Strange Growth

Last summer I noticed these white growths while doing some plant surveying work along Blue Lake Creek. At first glance I thought maybe they were rootlets coming from the trunk of the tree (either Red Alder or Sitka Willow, I … Continue reading

Posted in bryophytes, identification | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Another McDonalds Gull

This gull is another mixed bag of characters. Once again, I had difficulty getting photos of this bird with other individuals of more obvious identity. Unfortunately, I was also unable to get a straight profile shot. That said, my impression … Continue reading

Posted in birds, identification | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Gull Season

Mid-February seems to bring the arrival of mystery gull season. I’m not sure if it’s just an impression, or actually true in practice, but it seems like around this time more large gulls show up around town where they are … Continue reading

Posted in birds, identification | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hybrid Gulls?

(click to see slightly larger version) I took this picture last February at Swan Lake. Currently, my best guess is that this is a hybrid gull, possibly Glaucous-winged x American Herring Gull, or a somewhat odd (to my eyes) Thayer’s … Continue reading

Posted in birds, identification | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

More on the (late) Fall Warbler(s)

This afternoon I was able to observe the mystery warbler again several times, and was also able to get some better photos. In addition, I discovered there was a second warbler, this one far more yellow than the first. Though … Continue reading

Posted in birds, identification | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Loon Identification Update

I have had a few responses to the Loon Identification post I made a couple of days ago. One of them pointed out that there is a discussion of Loons in the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding by Kenn … Continue reading

Posted in birds, identification | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment