[Tweeters] Heermann's gull

judyrowetaylor at comcast.net judyrowetaylor at comcast.net
Wed Jul 6 20:01:37 PDT 2005

After getting home and checking a couple of field guides, including Sibley, I have concluded that the gull I spotted today was actually a breeding-plumage Heermann's. JT

Judy Rowe Taylor
Mukilteo, WA
judyrowetaylor at comcast.net

> Today I determined that there are in fact three Marbled Murrelets at the

> Mukilteo ferry dock. One of the two on the Silver Cloud Inn side may be a

> juvenile as it has some white on the neck and wing. I did get a bit of a scare

> though. The gulls suddenly started squawking and I looked up to see an adult

> Bald Eagle flying by, heading towards one of the MMs. But it was being harassed

> by three gulls who escorted said eagle right out of the area. The two MMs

> clustered together after that incident. These two stayed further out today,

> maybe because there were half-a dozen fisherpersons and quite a few other folks

> on the pier, including me :-) ; it was sunny when I arrived about 1:15, but

> storm clouds thickened and the wind picked up by the time I walked over to the

> south side of the pier to check out MM # 3, which was in close to shore. Maybe

> they are a family!


> I also saw the oddest gull…looked like a hybrid Heermann’s. Are there any

> documented Heermann’s – Western gull hybrids?


> Thanks! JT

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