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