(photo, adult Heermann's Gull in winter plumage) Heermann's breed in the early spring in large colonies on islands off the West Coast of Mexico. After the breeding season they move north along the pacific coast to Southern British Columbia. Beginning in mid-summer large flocks of the Heermann's can be found on the Morro Strand State Beach.
Yesterday I decided to check out the Heermann's flocks to see if I could find a juvenile or the next stages of development, a 1st winter or a 1st summer. I do enjoy a challenge.
(below photo of a 1st winter or 1st summer). I could find only six 1st winter/1st summer and no juveniles. The above photo represents about 1/10 of one flock.
If you look at the larger image of the Godwit, you will see a distant relative of the jellyfish, Velella velella, the little bluish, transparent things in the background. They are free-floating hydrozoans that live on the surface of the open ocean. At certain times of year the wind propels them to shore. At the present time there are millions of Velella velella on central coast beaches. Happy birding!