01 March 2018

Monthly Notables February 2018


  • Black-headed Gull (adult). Brevard County, Florida. 02 February 2018.
    • Continued from previous month.
  • Black-legged Kittiwake (1st cycle). Coffey County, Kansas. 03 February 2018.

  • Slaty-backed Gull (2nd cycle). Monterey County, California. 05 February 2018.

  • Slaty-backed Gull (adult). Onondaga County, New York. 06 February 2018.
    • Same individual found in Oswego County in January 2018.

  • Mew Gull (1st cycle). Tarrant County, Texas. 08 February 2018.

  • Slaty-backed Gull (adult). Benton County, Washington. 11 February 2018.

  • Black-tailed Gull (adult). Del Norte County, California. 11 February 2018.

  • Thayer's Iceland Gull (adult). Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. 14 February 2018.

  • Franklin's Gull (adult). Los Angeles County, California. 15 February 2018.
  • Slaty-backed Gull (adult type). Seneca County, New York. 16 February 2018.

    • 2nd County Record. Same individual from Onondaga and Oswego County.

  • Slaty-backed Gull (3rd cycle). Middlesex County, Massachusetts. 16 February 2018.

  • California Gull (1st cycle). Volusia County, Florida. 16 February 2018.

  • Slaty-backed Gull (adult). Columbia County, Oregon. 18 February 2018.
    • Showing a peculiar orange color to the legs, and especially on the bill.

  • Common Gull (adult). Essex County, Massachusetts. 19 February 2018.
    • Same banded adult with silver band from last year. Banded in Iceland 2013.

  • Kamchatka Gull (adult). Digby County, Nova Scotia. 19 February 2018.
    • Presumably a returning bird, first detected last winter.

  • Little Gull (2nd cycle type). Barren County, Kentucky. 20 February 2018.

  • California Gull (2nd cycle). Kleberg County, Texas. 22 February 2018.

  • Slaty-backed Gull (3rd cycle). Kennebec County, Maine. 23 February 2018.
    • Apparently the same individual that was found in Massachusetts the week before.
    • 2nd State Record. Incidentally, the first state record was also from this site.

  • Slaty-backed Gull (adult). Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. 24 February 2018.
    • On-and-off from January. 

  • Laughing Gull (adult). Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. 27 February 2018.

  • California Gull (3rd cycle). Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. 28 February 2018.

  • Great Black-backed Gull (adult). Pubelo County, Colorado. 28 February 2018.
    • Believed to be the same adult returning for the 24th winter.


The theme in February was Slaty-backed Gulls. Multiple adults, two 3rd cycle types and a 2nd cycle type were seen and photographed in the lower 48. This continues to beg the obvious question: how many 1st cycle birds are being overlooked?!

The increase in Kamchatka Gulls between Nova Scotia and Massachusetts might be contributed to several returning birds. Nonetheless, this novelty is curious to say the least and it'll be interesting to see where we go from here.