Date: 12/1/19 4:23 pm
From: <clearwater...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: Great Black-backed Gull not found today at Coffin Butte Regional Landfill
Just to keep local birders informed ... looks like Hendrik and Craig were
not able to relocate the Greater Black-backed Gull today. This bird is
very conspicuous due to its huge size, so pretty sure they would have seen
it with that much effort, if it was there again today!

I won't be able to keep tabs on this location for the coming week, due to
work-related travel. Hope others will help to keep the information current.

According to the Oregon Bird Records Committee:
there are no prior records of this species in Oregon. That surprises
me as there are records from all surrounding states and also British
Columbia. I sent in a report based on my observations yesterday, but it
certainly would be good if someone can re-find the bird and get a photo.

-- joel

Subject: Coffin Butte Landfill - no Great Black-backed Gull
Date: Sun Dec 1 2019 15:26 pm
From: hhactitis AT

Hi all,

Craig Tumer and I spent well over an hour scoping a flock of about 800
gulls at the Coffin Butte landfill north of Corvallis this morning (from
about 10:45 to noon). A lot of variety, but we didn't see any dark-backed
gulls at all and were unable to relocate the possible Great Black-backed
Gull reported from there yesterday.

The majority of the flock consisted of Glaucous-winged Gulls and Western
x Glaucous-wing ("Olympic") hybrids,. There was a good number of Herring
Gulls mixed in, with a few "Thayer's" Iceland Gulls, some Ring-billed and
California Gulls and at least one 1st-winter Western Gull.

Happy gulling!


Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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