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September 1, 2014

Bird of the Week – Black-legged Kittiwake

A handsome, delicate-looking gull, the Black-legged Kittiwake breeds in southcentral and southwestern coastal Alaska. Generally a colonial breeder, some of the rookeries are immense.

Black-legged Kittiwake in Flight, St. Paul Island

Black-legged Kittiwake in Flight, St. Paul Island

The species’ name probably comes from its call, which does sound very much like “kittiwake”. A small number of non-breeders can usually be found along the bridges on the easterly side of Valdez Arm.

Black-legged Kittiwake, St. Paul Island

Black-legged Kittiwake, St. Paul Island

The lemon-yellow bill, jet blacklegs and black-tipped wings are reliable field marks for this species.

For more bird photos, please visit Frozen Feather Images.

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7 Responses to “Bird of the Week – Black-legged Kittiwake”
  1. mike from iowa says:

    Youngest son,ben from iowa,will turn 34 on Friday June 13th.Oddly enough,ben was born on a Friday the 13th of June 1980. Guess his life is cursed. Has Dad’s bad back and took Dad’s good looks.

  2. mike from iowa says:

    http://www.techtimes.com/articles/8212/20140610/rats-regret-making-poor-decisions-rat.htm

    Rats regret making poor choices. dumbass dubya,not so much. Now scientists have figured out where the consciousness gene wingnuts are missing,ended up.

  3. mike from iowa says:

    A walk in the forest with bears
    Could be injurious to mike from iowa’s hairs
    It’s those dang bears that can’t count
    Cause hair follicle injuries to mount
    Killer bears don’t come in numerical order,I swear. :)

    Further reflections from the Tundra with a musk ox
    Allows critical thinking outside the box
    If one had a musk oxes hair
    one could share with killer bears
    Said mikey is sly as a fox

    Comes a letter from the SPCA
    Naked musk ox get colder each day
    The answer is free
    and easy to see
    Tell mikey to stay in old ioway.

    We can all just get along,only some of us can’t without fur coats,our own preferably.

  4. mike from iowa says:

    Friday wuz hot and sultry and triggered late evening Waigon weather. Sunday morn,as we speak,ny furnace is running. Ma Nature is getting as bat-shit crazy as wingnuts. Looks like I might have some of the sweetest,stickiest overhead power lines in America. After Orioles sup on grape jelly,some head up overhead and wipe their beaks on the power lines.Good thing I don’t have bears or they would be falling all over me trying to get the jelly off the lines. Taters are gonna start blooming any day now if they don’t freeze out. Have yet to see or hear a cricket,except for here. I could use some abuse. Give it a shot.

  5. mike from iowa says:

    Hey Slip, the Robertson clan is coming out with a Duck Commander themed,camo covered King James version bible. I didn’t know Mr Quackers could read.Does he migrate or is he a homey?

    • slipstream says:

      C’mon Mikey, everybody knows that all the ducks spend the winter in Jamaica. Lounge chair by the pool, sunglasses, one of those drinks with the little umbrella, lots of stories to catch up on.

      Quackers usually flies on Qantas. Always wants a window seat. And the nice lady comes down the aisle, checks if his seatbelt is fastened, and gives him a little bag of nuts.

      But reading the Bible? No, I don’t think you will catch Quackers doing that anytime soon.

  6. Zyxomma says:

    Amazing photos. Thanks.

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