Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Franklin's Gull again (and again)
Date: Tue Nov 19 17:24:46 PST 2019
From: Gary Bletsch - garybletsch at

Dear Tweeters,
Today (the nineteenth November), I set out again to look at gulls in Skagit County.
Minkler Flats, where yesterday's excellent gull flock was foraging, yielded exactly zero gulls of zero species, which makes for infinitely bad gull-watching.
At Janicki fields in Sedro-Woolley, a small gull flock included at least one Herring Gull, not an easy bird to find here.  

On the corner of Green and Dahlstedt Roads, on the Butler Flats however, a goodly flock included a (the?) FRANKLIN'S GULL, plus a WESTERN GULL. The latter is a species that can be surprisingly hard to find in Skagit County, at least if one excludes hybrids.
A few minutes later, I visited Gear Road, also called "Burlington Industrial Park" or something like that. A huge gull flock there included a FRANKLIN'S GULL! I am guessing that it was the same bird.
The ballfields in Burlington had very, very few gulls. 
On my search for Glaucous Gulls, I did see a couple of odd-looking pink-legged gulls with bicolored bills today, here and there, but I think they might have been hybrids of some sort. I'll post photos on eBird, if they come out okay.
The bird of the day was a RED-NECKED GREBE at Judy Reservoir. That was only the second time I've seen one there, and one of the very few times I've seen one on fresh water in this neck of the woods.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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