Date: 10/30/20 7:06 pm
From: Nicholas Mrvelj <nickmrvelj...>
Subject: [obol] Re: More on local Gull hybrids
All - I can attest to a bit of what Lars’s is speaking of.
This past week, I’ve noticed an increase in gulls that appear to be
putative Cook Inlet Gulls in Portland. This is predominately on the
Willamette River, from the University of Portland to the Metro Central
Hazardous Waste. Even more so, I’ve noticed several 10’s of GWGU types,
with primary tips that are slightly too dark. These individuals look like
typical GWGU, with more slender bills than on WEGU and most Olympic Gulls,
but uniformly have primary tips that are darker than the mantles. I’ve been
puzzled as what to call them, and have vacillated from either backcross
with Western Gull/Herring Gull, GWGU breeding with Olympic Gulls, to just
regular GWGU that are all from a distinct breeding population. Gotta love
the gulls!

See included eBird checklist for images of some of the aforementioned

Good gulling,
-Nick Mrvelj (Portland)

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 6:14 PM larspernorgren <larspernorgren...>

> It used to be when l reported "300OlympicGulls" on eBird in the Portland
> area it set off the filter. They frequently are the default taxon in winter
> flocks around here. Last night l looked at 100 gulls on the fire boathouse
> roof and 49 on the lawn of Tom Mcall park. Almost all were Cook Inlet
> Gulls=Herring Gull xGlaucous-winged. This has been the case for a week. I
> don't think l checked these spots in October in previous years.
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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