Subject: gull ID Date: Nov 11 14:49:01 1994 From: Dennis Paulson - dpaulson at ups.edu
In response to Michael Brown's request for gull info:
I would expect the 3 species you named to be on lakes in the interior of Pierce County, also Bonaparte's, Mew, Thayer's and Glaucous-winged. Glaucous-winged Gulls, although of marine origin, commonly move inland to lakes not too far from the coast, including, I suppose, in small numbers to Puyallup. Adults with gray wingtips are surely Glaucous-winged. Thayer's adults look superficially most like Herring, but have the wingtips black above and gray below, the eye varies from yellow to brown, and the bill is smaller than that of a Herring.
I'm impressed by a Red-tailed Hawk that caught a gull. Any idea what kind of gull? Was the hawk an adult (red tail) or immature?
Dennis Paulson phone: (206) 756-3798 Slater Museum of Natural History fax: (206) 756-3352 University of Puget Sound email: dpaulson at ups.edu Tacoma, WA 98416