01 September 2015

Monthly Notables August 2015

August 2015 Notables
  • Glaucous Gull (2nd cycle type). Grays Harbor County, Washington. 01 August 2015.
  • Ross's Gull (adult type). Les Escoumins, Quebec. 4-6 August 2015.
    • Exceptional. The farthest south a ROGU has ever been observed in August in North America. 
  • Iceland Gull (1st cycle). Les Basques County, Quebec. 04 August 2015.
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull (3rd cycle). Humboldt County, California. 07 August 2015.
    • Interestingly, a 2nd cycle LBBG was sighted at this same location last year in the month of August, resembling this month's bird in size and structure. Hence, it's thought this is a returning bird. Subspecies has been relegated to the expected North American race, graellsii. Lesser Black-backeds found along the Pacific seaboard should be closely scrutinized and Asian taxa must not be dismissed.
  • Laughing Gull (juvenile). Jefferson County, Kentucky. 11 August 2015. 
  • Glaucous Gull (2nd cycle type). Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. 13 August 2015.
  • Glaucous Gull (2nd cycle type). Muskegon County, Michigan. 13 August 2015.
    • Likely the same bird noted in Wisconsin the day before, traversing Lake Michigan.
  • Sabine's Gull (adult). Williamson County, Texas. 14 August 2015.
  • Mew Gull (juvenile). Humboldt County, California. 19 August 2015.
    • Several experienced birders from the West Coast suspect there may be a poorly understood movement of Mew Gulls in the month of August - juveniles in particular. 
  • Sabine's Gull (adult type). Minidoka County, Idaho. 19 August 2015.
  • Little Gull (juvenile). Mason County, Illinois. 21 August 2015.
  • Franklin's Gull (adult type). Baltimore County, Maryland. 21 August 2015.
  • Yellow-legged Gull (4th cycle type). St. John's, Newfoundland. 23 August 2015.
  • Sabine's Gull (adult). Hamilton, Ontario. 23 August 201
  • Franklin's Gull (juvenile). Sarnia, Ontario. 23-29+ August 2015.
  • Sabine's Gull (adult). Maricopa County, Arizona. 25 August 2015.
  • Slaty-backed Gull (adult). Pierce County, Washington. 29 August 2015.
  • Mew Gull (juvenile). Lincoln County, Oregon. 30 August 2015.
    • An early arrival, but also noted here to reinforce the thought that juvenile Mew Gulls may depart sooner, and farther south, than adults.
  • Sabine's Gull (2 adult types). Barnstable County, Massachusetts. 31 August 2015.