|An easy gull to ID. Yellow legs and smaller? Black and red dip? The California Gull|
|This gull is definitely a Heinz 57. An Olympic for sure!|
I took this photo from the high elevations of Lake Titicaca on the floating islands of the Uros in the Andean mountain chain.
|I was a terrible birder even in 2008. A Great Egret|
|Dark eye, shading on the head but an all gray back???? Yeah. An Olympic Gull, a hybrid|
|With Leonard Nimoy before his passing who portrayed the popular character Spock|
|I do have moments like this often in class. While school has changed, the human dynamic is still the same. Information is quicker now with SMART technology|
Here's what I know. Gulls can interbreed freely if their habitat ranges overlap. Some more than others. And apparently the Pacific Northwest is a hotbed for gulls to hybridize! In the desert southwest, Costa's Hummingbirds can breed with other hummingbird species like the Lucifer Hummingbirds. Their hybrids are called Costifers. The simple fact is that nature is constantly evolving and that our understanding of the biological world isn't so black and white.
|Is this gull trying to be a Thayer's?!|
|a Horned Grebe is a nice distraction|
|Too black! Those end tail feathers should be ALL gray|
|All glaucous but what's with the shading on the head and the black on the bill??? GRRRR!!! Another Olympic Gull.|
|We've got a winner!!!!! My lifer Glaucous-winged Gull. It just took awhile to figure it all out.|
At the end of the day, I've added a new species of bird on that slowly growing life list. The experience behind this gull taught me a lot but there is still so much more to learn. Until next time.....