Sensational finding at Pismo Beach in Central California on Thursday November 4. Mike Stensvold writes on Christopher Taylor’s Photography – Bird | Wildlife | Nature:
It was on the beach just north of the north drive-in entrance to Pismo Beach/Oceano Dunes…the one where the boardwalk path to the Monarch Butterfly Grove starts…
When I first saw it from a distance, I thought it was some kind of weird pigeon, but then realized it was eating a dead Gull, and don’t think pigeons would do that…
more info can be found on Christopher Taylor’s webpage as well as some exquisitie photos by Mike Stensvold; and on Calbird. An atempt to locate the bird in the late afternoon on Novemeber 5th failed. More searches will be done tomorrow November 6.
UPDATE: The Ivory Gull was refound in the morning of Nov 6.
Ivory Gull is extremely rare on the West coast in the US. As far as I can tell there is only one Ivory Gull previous recorded in California of an immature bird in 1997 in Orange county.
Photo. Mike Stensvold. Christopher Taylor’s webpage