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Western Yellow Legged Gull

Larus thayeri

Description:

Large sized gull but can be varied in size. Mature bird has Yellow bill with a red spot on lower mandible and red ring around eye. Yellow legs. White head,chest ,grey back and black wing tips.

Habitat:

Ocean beach,harbor,port and ships,vessel and shipping terminal,docks.

Notes:

I have been observing the Western Yellow Legged Gull and taking pictures. I am curious about this far flung traveler's arrival to our pacific shores. Perhaps it is a hybrid via mating in our native gull species. Many foreign ships and vessels dock here. Perhaps a vessel,shipping or shipping lane journey encouraged this gulls arrival to our coastal shore.

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Ocean Shores, Washington, USA

Spotted on Jun 12, 2013
Submitted on Jun 13, 2013

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