B. O'Connor made the sighting.
At Goat Rock State Beach in Russian River estuary.
Counted about 80 individuals here.
Found scat, no sighting
What are these pink things all around Russian river?
Male and female on intertidal rocks. Male captures a ? Coelopid?
After my visit to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve the first thing I noticed was how dry everything was. The creek was dried up, the ferns we dusty and almost colorless, the sorrel was also colorless, and there was no sign of animal life to be seen. The moss was very dry as well. The forest lacked that usual moist feeling, everything was just so dry. Part of the forest had also been cleared out for camping grounds. It's sad to see such a beautiful forest affected by drought and other man-made causes.
I'm particularly proud of this series as it shows both the distinctive upper wing and under wing patterns of the adult Thayer's Gull.
In this series you can also see the Thayer's gull's small head, delicate bill (compared to other large "white-headed gulls", and the pale underside to the folded primaries.
Bird in first winter plumage.
The yellow eye, pale mantle, and dark line through the eye (adult, winter plumage only) help identify this gull.
Flight shot showing the tongues of grey in the black primary tips and pattern of white wing tips and mirrors.