Gull Identification

What caught my eye about this bird was the striking two toned bill. It also seemed to have darker plumage than I am used to seeing around here, especially at the end of its wings. My inclination is to think this is a California Gull in first winter plumage. However, I am not knowledgable enough … Read more

Mystery Shorebird

I observed this bird at Swan Lake today.  I suspect it is a Lesser Yellowlegs, but I am uncertain.  When it flew off, it did have the white patch above its tailfeathers that is characteristic of yellowlegs. It also seems to lack the up-turned bill of a Greater Yellowlegs. My uncertainty arises from the shape, which seems different than what I have seen on Greater Yellowlegs … Read more