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Western Gull

Larus occidentalis

Description:

Basking in the misty surf.

Habitat:

Pacific Coast.


No species ID suggestions

5 Comments

Lafcadio
Lafcadio 5 years ago

Thanks, Liam. That would have been my guess, too, but it's always good to have a second opinion.

Liam
Liam 5 years ago

It seems quite large, so Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) is likely, but I have no way of eliminating Glaucous-winged or Olympic (Glaucous-winged x Western hybrid) Gull with these shots.
Your best bet is Larus sp.
Great photos, by the way!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 years ago

That's a beautiful place!

Lafcadio
Lafcadio 5 years ago

Sorry, no. This is the closest and clearest shot I have of this one.

Liam
Liam 5 years ago

Do you have a closer crop where we can see the primaries (wingtips) better? Larus sp. are particularly tricky on the Pacific Northwest coast thanks to the amount of similar species and hybrids.

Oregon, USA

Lat: 44.14, Long: -124.13

Spotted on Dec 29, 2009
Submitted on Mar 17, 2013

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