Posted by: atowhee | November 20, 2016

GULLABILITY

I consider myself OK in trying to ID most of our usual gulls, the nine or ten species we expect along the coast here in Oregon…and those handsome Franklin’s Gulls out at Malheur.  But I pretend no expertise to sort Glaucous from Iceland…having seen exactly one juvenile Glaucous years ago in California.  Hell, I’m better with the common European gulls than those Arctic species…though Sabine’s on a fall pelagic are a gimme with those wings of theirs.  Like Opsrey, Willet and Buller’s Shearwater, look at the wing-pattern.

So I saw the big, pale gull at Fernhill today.  My two mills worth (not worthy of cents or sense) it looked bigger than the Herring Gulls floating around it.  If I get shown the error of my surmise, I can always change my eBird listing.

Fernhill Wetlands (general), Washington, Oregon, US
Nov 20, 2016 4:35 PM – 5:05 PM.  14 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X–flyover
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  40
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Mew Gull (Larus canus)  X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)  1     there is still debate over whether this could be an Iceland Gull
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

 

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