Subject: ROSS' GULL
Date: Nov 27 17:27:45 1994
From: SCRAY at - SCRAY at

Yes that's right, a Ross' GULL has been spotted at McNary Dam on the Columbia
River. I just spoke with Phil Bartley in the Tricities at 5pm this evening.
The bird was aparently found this morning (11/27) and has been seen at least
through 4pm this afternoon. The bird is in adult winter plumage and was seen
off and on from the dam's fish ladder area, in the spillway area, and from the
shore about 1/4 mile down river from the dam near a large raft of ducks. It
has been associating with Bonaparte's Gulls. Phil reports that important fields
marks including wedge-shaped tail, no black in the folded primaries, small
bill, and even rosy hue were visible. The gull has been seen on both sides of
the state line.

Scott Ray