the hybrid gulls, Re: [Tweeters] Recent Pelagic Highlights....

Pterodroma at aol.com Pterodroma at aol.com
Thu Mar 14 12:36:31 PDT 2013


Subject was: [Tweeters] Recent Pelagic Highlights - Short-tailed
Albatross, Parakeet Auklets



>Some photos from the cruise can be found here:

_http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjm284/sets/72157632984638583/_
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjm284/sets/72157632984638583/)

Ryan -- Nice photos as usual, albeit from a foreshortened "sequestered"
cruise. Sorry about that but that's probably our future and reality for
awhile.

Of particular interest, to me anyway, were the two hybrid gull photos.

(1) _Glaucous-winged x Glaucous Gull_
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjm284/8549326117/in/set-72157632984638583)

(2) _Glaucous-winged x Herring Gull_
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjm284/8555362752/in/set-72157632984638583)

For those of us larid-challenged around here in tweetersland, and there
ARE millions, would you mind elaborating to some degree, maybe point by
point, why those gulls were identified as such. I am not challenging or
questioning the identifications, rather I think this might be a useful time for
some class action edification for all. Coming from you, it should be pretty
good, and we all could stand to learn a few things we might not have known
before. Thanks.

Richard Rowlett
Bellevue (Eastgate), WA


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