Ornithology 3 A&B Summary (Spring 2014)
If you miss a class, please check this page and study the listed topics in your field guide. Click here for last semester's calendar.
Note: Please park in the Hayes Street Parking lot. All spaces are available except disabled and reserved drop off for the child care center. If the lot is full and you park in the Grove Street lot you will likely get a parking ticket unless you put a large note on your dash saying "Ornithology Student - 7-9:30 PM - Room 218 - Please do not ticket!" Alternately you can get a one-day parking pass from the office before 7:30pm or talk to the security guard.
Note: Revised field trip schedule is here.
Class notes by Elisabeth Koster are here. (Plumage and molt terminology here. )
Click here for field trip information. Please check this site before the trip in case of last minute changes!
Please register at eBird and email me your eBird ID. I can then offer to share field trip lists with you.
Click here for a summary of bird name changes from the 53rd AOU supplement.
Selected photos from our recent visit to Thailand are here.
Click here for my photos of Pigeon Guillemots in Monterey.
This was be the last class of the semester. We will resume in Spring 2014. Fall
2013 class details are here.
Click here for a photo of Common and Thick-billed
murres in Alaska.
Thick-billed Murre photo is here and here.
Parasitic Jaeger is here.
Note that Europeans call the Parasitic Jaeger, the Arctic Skua.
Comparison of South Polar Skua and Pomarine Jaeger is here.
Long-tailed Jaeger photos are here, here, and here. Details and photos of a controversial Long-tailed/Parasitic Jaeger are here.
South Polar Skua photo is here.
Steve Howell's article on possible Brown Skua off California.
Comparison of South Polar Skua and Pomarine Jaeger is here. David Sibley's essay on the subject.
My photo of an immature Elegant Tern is here.
My photo of a Texas Black Skimmer is here. Other Black Skimmer photos are here, here and here.
My Gull-billed Tern photos are here and here.
My Sandwich Tern and Royal Tern photo is here.
David Sibley's essay on bill color variation in Sandwich Terns.
A Common Tern photo with detailed ID discussion is here.
My photos of Common Terns are here and here.
Click here for a photo and ID discussion of Arctic Tern.
My photos of Forster's Terns from Bolsa Chica are here and here Additional Forster's Terns are here.
My photos of Least Terns (with eggs) from Bolsa Chica are here,
here and here.
Additional Least Tern photo is here.
My account of the White-winged Tern at Moonglow Dairy (with photos) is here.
Click here for a photo of a Bridled Tern
Sooty Terns in California are here and here.
Click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here for photos and notes on Lesser Black-backed Gulls in California. Additional Lesser Black-backed notes are here. A 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull is here.
Photo of an adult Yellow-footed Gull is here.
My Slaty-backed Gull photos and details are here,
and here. Click here,
and here for additional Slaty-backed Gull photos
from California. Slaty-backed Gull photos from Alaska are here.
My notes on a possible Slaty-backed Gull at the Salton Sea are here,
but I now believe that the bird was likely a Lesser Black-backed Gull or hybrid. Click here
for photos and notes on another possible Slaty-backed Gull from Davis. I now believe this bird was a probably a
hybrid between Herring Gull and Glaucous-winged Gull. Click here
for photos and notes on another possible Slaty-backed Gull from the Salton Sea. I now believe that the bird was
not a Slaty-backed, but probably some other Asiatic species or hybrid.
Click here, here,
here, and here
for photos of Glaucous Gull in California. Click here
for a photo of an adult Glaucous Gull in Alaska with identification discussion.
Click here, and here for photos of controversial Glaucous-like gulls in California, which are arguably hybrids between Glaucous and Herring, or Glaucous and Glaucous-winged gulls.
Accepted Iceland Gull photos from California are here and here. Photos of an adult Iceland Gull from Washington state are here. Photos of possible Iceland Gulls (all rejected by the California Bird Records Committee) are here, here and here. It is possible these are pale examples of first cycle Thayer's Gulls although all would probably be identified as Iceland Gulls if seen in the East.
The "Morlan Method" gull identification key with full text is here.
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