Date: 3/28/18 3:54 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] All white feathered gull Nantasket (Leucistic Herring Gull)
A quick search pulls up this Nelson with a quite distinguished career. See
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_William_Nelson

Karsten

On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 6:05 PM, Spector, David (Biology) <spectord...>
> wrote:

> The original 1884 description of Nelson’s gull (as a full species) can be
> found here: https://sora.unm.edu/node/4170
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> The article by Henry Henshaw concludes with an explanation of the
> etymology to honor the collector of the type specimen:
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> “I dedicate the species to Mr. E. W. Nelson, as a slight recognition of
> his valuable services to Alaskan ornithology.”
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> David Spector
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> Belchertown, Mass.
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> *From:* <massbird-approval...> [mailto:massbird-approval@
> TheWorld.com] *On Behalf Of *Soheil Zendeh
> *Sent:* Wednesday, March 28, 2018 3:51 PM
> *To:* <wmchilds...>; <massbird...>
> *Subject:* RE: [MASSBIRD] All white feathered gull Nantasket (Leucistic
> Herring Gull)
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> Warren, Abby,
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> The bill on your bird suggests a second-cycle Glaucous Gull – tubular and
> long with pink basal 3/4 and sharply defined black tip as the final ¼.
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> Take a look at the bird I marked as Glaucous Gull in the Deer Island
> flocks last week:
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> https://flic.kr/s/aHskPz64y7
> <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fflic.kr%2Fs%2FaHskPz64y7&data=01%7C01%<7Cspectord...>%7Cb4ba4427963a45bc35c408d594e608f0%7C2329c570b5804223803b427d800e81b6%7C0&sdata=sNJ9k65uu3V7JSoY97sh0eCzdLNq8V%2BStVrt6%2Bh0gkA%3D&reserved=0>
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> The average size of Glaucous is certainly larger than Herring, but there
> are some small ones that are similar in size. They are almost always
> ornerier than Herring.
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> Just to be sure there was no Herring Gull component in this bird: Did you
> see any dark feather tips on it?
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> The reason I ask is that many years ago I saw a similar “dominant” white
> gull at Revere Beach, but it had some slightly dark smudges on the outer
> primaries, so I was sure it was NOT a Glaucous. I couldn’t figure it out,
> so I sent the description around to various folks and one person , Davis
> Finch (legendary old-school birder, lives in NH) wrote back that it sounded
> like a hybrid Herring x Glaucous. And the only one like it he had ever seen
> was the orneriest gull he knew! That particular hybrid is now known as a
> Nelson’s Gull – no idea who Nelson was. Needless to say, I’ve been looking
> for another Nelson’s ever since.
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> *Soheil Zendeh*
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> *42 Baker Ave
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=42+Baker+Ave+%0D%0A+Lexington,+MA+02421&entry=gmail&source=g>*
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> *Lexington, MA 02421
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=42+Baker+Ave+%0D%0A+Lexington,+MA+02421&entry=gmail&source=g>*
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> *Original post:*
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> Here is a photo
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> https://photos.app.goo.gl/A4L6IytSLjTn1mza2
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> Warren & Abby Childs
> Norwell
>

 
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