[Tweeters] Slaty-backed Gull at Gog-le-hi-te Wetlands

mcharest at wamail.net mcharest at wamail.net
Mon Aug 18 19:49:02 PDT 2014

I was doing my usual walk at Gog-le-hi-te wetlands in Tacoma this
afternoon and saw a presumed Slaty-backed Gull bathing in the North tidal
marsh. I took a couple of distant photos as it was closer to the Lincoln
Avenue side of the marsh. I ran around to the other side to get a better
look and the bird flew down river just as I was approaching. I was able to
take a couple more photos directly into the sun as it flew off down river.

I chased after the bird, checking the tidal lagoon farther down, the gull
bathing spot closer to 11th street, and all the buildings around the
bridge but was unable to relocate it.(the 11th street bridge is now closed
to cars and much better for scoping the rooftops as the bridge no longer
shakes with each passing vehicle)

I consulted with some better birders than myself who think it is indeed a
Slaty-backed and I would say most likely the same bird as before returned.

Also of interest for Pierce county were a Lesser Yellowlegs on the mud at
Sha-dax Wetlands in Fife today, a Solitary Sandpiper with a couple of
Long-billed Dowitchers on the 16th, and a continuing Greater Yellowlegs at
nearby Levee Pond Park.

Photos of the Gull:




Let me know if your opinion differs.

Have a great day,

Michael Charest
Tacoma, Washington
mcharest at wamail.net

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