I haven't gotten out to the beach very much lately so it was fun to see a kittiwake this morning. I picked the bird up in the bins giving a vague hooded impression with an odd flight style. The wings are proportionately long and coupled with the paler outer wing and a somewhat whippier wingbeat reminiscent of a medium sized tern the flight was very different from the Ring-billed that it roughly approximates in size impression.
juvenile Kittiwake plumage (with the heavy black M) making it a 2nd winter bird. It has the adult gray (rather than black) nape. In the overcast light the outerwing was noticeably brighter than the gray innerwing.
The overcast made it difficult to get great shots. To compare the new camera with the old here's the bird from the overlook today over the river. Not great, but probably ID-able.