Sabine’s missing from list

Posted October 2nd, 2009 by kcorliss. Comments (2).

One of the target birds I reckoned was "gettable" for the year in this county was the Sabine’s gull. It has shown up with some regularity the last few years at either (or both) the Fargo lagoons or the West Fargo lagoons. So far we’ve got zip, nada, zilch, goose egg. Several sightings are taking place throughout the state, just not here.

Last weekend the ND Birding Society took a boat trip on our little "inland sea" here in North Dakota called Devil’s Lake. No jaegers as was hoped but they say they saw four lone Sabine’s gulls during the tour. Here’s David Lambeth’s great shot of a juvenile bird:

I was out of town on company business so could not attend the gathering. Plus it’s not in Cass County so I just as soon spend my energy–at least this year–on that. But a photo like the one above would have been nice.

Now this week I got hooked up with a job driving a beet truck for a farmer from Moorhead. The upside?: Should bring in some needed capital to help with some bills. Downside?: Takes me out of about two weeks of prime time birding around here as October is well known for producing a rash of rarities. Oh well, in the end I need the money more than the birds.

2 Responses to “Sabine’s missing from list”

  1. Steve

    If I’m not mistaken, and I don’t consider myself to be a birder, but I could swear I saw a flock of these sitting on the road that runs behind the new Taco Johns on 45th by Famous Daves. I was driving back there and there were a bunch of these pretty white and black birds sitting on the road and I thought to myself “I wish I had a camera, I would like to send a picture to Keith and find out what they are” Anyway, they sure looked like that picture.

    Nice blog by the way.

  2. kcorliss

    Thanks Steve. And send me photos any time you want–I’ll include them in this space.

    Yeah, unfortunately these Sabine’s gulls can look strikingly similar to our common Franklin’s gulls in just about all plumages (including the juvenile one depicted). If you see one of the Franklin’s gulls which doesn’t quite fit or which has this scaly appearance like the one shown, email me!