Subject: gulls at Tukwila Date: Dec 20 14:44:40 1998 From: "M. Donahue" - mgd at u.washington.edu
There was a nice assortment of gulls December 19 at the Foster Golf Course/City of Tukwila building in Tukwila. The highlight was a second winter GLAUCOUS GULL. This is a good place to see lots of THAYER'S GULLS, and a particularly great place to study plumage variation among first winter THAYER'S.
The golf course is along Interurban Avenue in Tukwila. From I-5 northbound or southbound take the " Tukwila/Interurban Avenue" exit and head south along Interurban Avenue. The golf course is on the left. At the south end of the golf course you'll see a building labeled "City of Tukwila." There are usually lots of THAYER'S and other gulls sitting on the roof and gulls ringing a pond on the south end of the golf course. The GLAUCOUS GULL was sitting on the roof. There are a few HERRING GULLS around, and many GLAUCOUS-WINGED and GLAUCOUS-WINGED x WESTERN hybrids. I occasionally see a CALIFORNIA or RING-BILLED GULL, but usually only pink-legged gulls.
Michael Donahue Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology University of Washington Medical Center Seattle, Washington (206)323-9889 mgd at u.washington.edu