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