A Lesser Black-backed Gull was observed and photographed at Boulder
Beach, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Clark County, Nevada, at
mid-day February 28, 2009. Identity has been confirmed by Greg
Scyphers. The bird was with a flock of California and Ring-billed
Gulls. It is in late second or early third cycle plumage. It is larger
than and has a darker mantle than the California Gulls. It has a large,
heavy, yellow bill which has irregular black markings. If accepted by
the Nevada Bird Record Committee, this will be a third state record for
the species and the first one for Southern Nevada.
Weather: high, thin clouds; calm; temperature 65 degrees.
Observers: Tracy Kipke, Rita Schlageter, Carolyn and Richard Titus
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