[Tweeters] Slaty-Backed Gull

Teresa Michelsen teresa at avocetconsulting.com
Thu Jan 31 11:46:25 PST 2013

Speaking of the below, has anyone seen the Slaty-Backed recently? Believe it
or not, it's still a life bird for me and my attempts to find it have not
succeeded so far, so I'm curious if there have been recent sightings (and
I'll keep trying).

Teresa Michelsen
Olympia WA

-----Original Message-----
From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ryan
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:38 AM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Olympic Peninsula loop (Iceland Gulls, Long-eared Owl),
plus Skagit

I spent the last few days birding with Nick Bonomo and Frank Gallo who were
out visiting from Connecticut. Since the pelagic trip out of Westport was
postponed we spent Saturday through Monday making a loop around the Olympic
Peninsula before meeting up with Jay Withgott to bird Skagit on Tuesday.
Highlights included a Yellow-billed Loon, 2 Iceland Gulls, a Glaucous Gull,
a Long-eared Owl, and the continuing Gyrfalcon and Rusty Blackbird.

Saturday 1/26

Gog-le-hi-te Wetlands - We spent a couple hours studying the gulls here.
While we missed the wintering adult Slaty-backed, the time spent sorting
through over a thousand gulls was fun. Gulls included
20 Herrings, 30 Thayer's, 5 Glaucous-winged Herrings and an interesting
light-eyed, small-billed Thayer's-type gull with primaries that weren't
quite black.

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