01 December 2017

Monthly Notables November 2017

  • Sabine's Gull (1st cycle). Gila County, Arizona. 03 November 2017.
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult). Los Angeles, County, California. 03 November 2017.
  • Sabine's Gull (1st cycle). Lake County, Tennessee. 03 November 2017.
  • Slaty-backed Gull (3rd cycle). Labrador-Happy Valley-Goose Bay County, Newfoundland & Labrador. 04 November 2017.
    • 2nd record for Labrador. Incidentally, the 1st record was only last year in April 2016. That individual was an adult, found roughly 1 mile away from the 2017 bird.
  • Great Black-backed Gull (2nd cycle type). Stark County, North Dakota. 05 November 2017.
  • Little Gull (adult). Lawrence County, Alabama. 12 November 2017.
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult). Inyo County, California. 12 November 2017.
  • Black-headed Gull (adult). Butler County, Pennsylvania. 12 November 2017.
    • A returning adult since at least 2011. 8 county records which may prove to be of the same individual.
  • Thayer's Gull (1st cycle). Mohave County, Arizona. 17 November 2017.
    • Only about the 15th record for the state.
  • Black-legged Kittiwake (adult). Sedgwick County, Colorado. 16 November 2017.
  • Little Gull (1st cycle). Okanagan-Similkameen District, British Columbia 17 November 2017.
    • First record for the Okanagans.
  • California Gull (adult). Lake County, Illinois. 19 November 2017.
  • Black-legged Kittiwake (1st cycle). Scott County, Iowa. 20 November 2017.
  • Black-legged Kittiwake (1st cycle). Washington County, Minnesota. 24 November 2017.
  • Thayer's Gull (1st cycle). Accomack County, Virginia. 24 November 2017.
  • Black-legged Kittiwake (1st cycle). Battleford County, Saskatchewan. 25 November 2017.
  • Black-legged Kittiwake (2 - 1st cycle). Sangamon County, Illinois. 29 November 2017.
  • Great Black-backed Gull (1st cycle). Polk County, Iowa. 30 November 2017.
    • Rare for inland Iowa. 


A relatively large influx of Ross's Gulls was found in the Gambell, Alaska region beginning on 13 November, and continued through the end of the month. Some estimates put numbers at 14-20 birds roaming the waters of the northwest portion of St. Lawrence Island.

Black-legged Kittiwakes were reported in above-average numbers, inland, on the western Great Lakes and beyond.

An adult 'Taimyr Gull' was reported in Sonoma County, California (24 November 2017). It's believed this individual is a returning bird, first found last winter. The taxonomy of this form remains unsettled and has yet to be clarified.