“If you are walking along the water’s edge and see gulls foraging in the surf close to shore, they could be Bonaparte’s gulls,” said SCCF Coastal Wildlife Manager Audrey Albrecht.
Another interesting find was an adult herring gull (Larus argentatus), identifiable by its pale gray back, pink legs, and massive stature in comparison to the far more common laughing gulls and royal terns pictured here with one.
“Though herring gulls are not uncommon, we typically see more juveniles than adults,” Albrecht said.
In January, a total of 1,403 individuals of 28 different species were observed. There were lower numbers of some shorebird species compared with years past, but this may be explained by the presence of large flocks of shorebirds foraging recently on the exposed mudflats in San Carlos Bay (seen from the road as you approach the causeway).