[Tweeters] Re: [inland-NW-birders] SLATY-BACKED GULL WWCo.

MaryFrances Mathis mf.mathis at comcast.net
Sat Jan 9 19:52:17 PST 2016


Hi Mike and MerryLynn,
I was at both Little Goose and Lower Granite today, and was surprised at the dearth of gulls. Guess they were all at Lower Monument enjoying the shad.
Happy New Year!

MaryFrances Mathis
Kirkland

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> On Jan 9, 2016, at 6:08 PM, Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny at charter.net> wrote:

>

> Hello all,

> Yesterday Jan 8 Chris Lindsey found and photographed a first county record SLATY-BACKED GULL at Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River in north Walla Walla County. We of course headed right up this morning and there it was.

>

> There are 9 species of gulls above and below the dam - hundreds of them - because of dead and dying shad. Many California, Herring, Ring-billed, Glaucous-winged Gulls - with a few Thayer's, 2 GLAUCOUS, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 1 Mew Gull. Many DC Cormorants, Common Mergansers and Goldeneyes also feasting on the fish.

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> And a first for us - a Mallard carrying a fish in its mouth flying downriver. Several other mallards were also eating on dead shad.

>

> Other birds today: a SAY'S PHOBE and 2 NORTHERN SHRIKE on Donnelly rd. 53 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES and 52 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS above LOMO Dam. Warm enough today for insects to be out and about - swarms below the dam.

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> We don't know if Little Goose Dam in Columbia County OR Lower Granite Dam in Garfield/Whitman has the same fish kill - anyone know? We started seeing hundreds of dead shad at Lyon's Ferry Park back on Dec. 13. All fish-eating birds are so full they can barely fly.

>

> Happy 2016 birding, M&ML

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>

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