A beautiful day today out at Pyramid Lake. The Bewick's Wrens were
singing at the Numana Fish Hatchery. At the Delta, about twenty Tundra
Swans and nearly two hundred gulls were present. Almost all of the
gulls were Californias, with a few Ring Billeds and Herrings mixed in.
Throughout the rest of the lake, there were almost no birds.
The Surf Scoter was found at The Willows. It appeared to be a male
very close to adulthood, but it was brownish with a poorly defined
white back of head and white belly. Also present were a Herring Gull,
a Sharp Shinned Hawk and several Buffleheads.
On the way home, we stopped at Sparks Marina. While there was a very
large flock of gulls present, perhaps exceeding two hundred birds,
there seemed to be not one Herring or other type gull, including the
unidentified Slaty-backed type gull. It seems to be gone, so what
should we do about it. The most intelligent thing to do would be to
simply leave it unidentified.However, I wonder if it should be
submitted to the NBRC, not because it is likely to be accepted, but
only so that there is some record of the birds existence, and if new
evidence regarding Slaty-backed Identification was found, it could be
re-reviewed. However, I don't now if this is the best course of
action, and I would appreciate any other opinions.