[Tweeters] Re: [inland-NW-birders] Asotin County Hybrid Gull ?

Cliff and Lisa Weisse CliffandLisa at octobersetters.com
Fri Dec 22 14:42:00 PST 2017

Hi Keith,

Just took a quick look at your photos and I'm a little confused about
what suggests GLGU x HEGU? The primaries don't look that dark and I
don't really see anything to argue against Glaucous, except possibly
size which maybe suggests Iceland rather than hybrid with Herring. That
said it seems bulky, the bill looks heavy, eye looks big and more
centrally located, and Pp extension looks short for Iceland. My first
impression is of a smallish Glaucous Gull. I'm curious to here what
others think...

On 12/22/2017 02:32 PM, Keith Carlson wrote:

> On 20 December I observed an interesting gull as part of a "six gull"

> day at the Asotin County Landfill

> I originally ID;d one bird as Glaucous Gull (2nd cycle).

> Discussion has now shifted to the strong possibility of hybrid, most

> likely a Glaucous x Herring Gull

> Photos are posted on flickr at :

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/27410930899/in/dateposted-public/

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/27449314719/in/dateposted-public/

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/39225100271/in/dateposted-public/

> Field marks that I noticed are:

> obvious white, (light) overall color with tan barring

> pale eye

> bicolor bill

> rounded head shape similar to Iceland (Thayer's) Gull

> not evident in photos, the size is similar to a larger California or

> smaller Herring Gull

> Feel free to join in the "gull fun"

> Keith E Carlson

> Lewiston



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Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa at octobersetters.com

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