Virginia Lake, Reno, Washoe Co (March 11th, 2009)
I saw the first "pink" Ring-billed Gull of the season at VL
this morning. There were 200-300 Ring-bills altogether.
The pink bird--a subadult--was with a 100 or so normally
plumaged gulls in the loafing area on the W shore S of the
island. A few of these rosy-hued gulls turn up every year
about this time --late February to the first or second week
of March--always in very small numbers (never more than 5-6
The Double-crested Cormorant colony on the island continues
to thrive with at least 40 birds on-station this morning, all
in vigorous display. The California Gull colony also appears
to be well-established with territory-holding gulls dotted
all over the island as they have been for some weeks now.
(photo of pink gull taken a few years ago)