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#ABArare – Black-tailed Gull – California

On February 11, 2018, Lucas Brug found and photographed an adult Black-tailed Gull (ABA Code 4) at Crescent City in Del Norte County, California.

Crescent City is in far northern California. The closest major city is Portland, Oregon, about 330 miles to the north. San Francisco is 350 miles to the south. The bird has been seen in the Crescent City harbor, near the mouth of Elk Creek adjacent to Beach Front Park, where there is ample parking available.

It was seen later northwest of Crescent City in the vicinity of Pebble Beach, which can be reached by following Pebble Beach Drive north along the coast.

Black-tailed Gull is an east Asian species prone to vagrancy. Unsurprisingly, most records come from Alaska but it’s also been found in a number of states and provinces throughout the US and Canada. In just the past several years, it’s been seen in Newfoundland, California, and Washington state. In the center of the continent, records come from Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Ontario, and Manitoba.

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