Tag Archives: Western Gull

Glaucous Gull

I found this first-cycle Glaucous Gull at the Seaside Cove recently. He was very accommodating, allowing me close views. I don’t get to see Glaucous Gulls very often, but I was struck by the large size of this bird. He … Continue reading

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North Coast

It had been ages since I visited the coast, so I packed up the dog to check out some spots between Cannon Beach and the Columbia River. I have seen an increasing number of these signs in the area, an … Continue reading

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Shorebird Class

I took my shorebirds class to Seaside. At the Cove, we found Black Turnstones, Surfbirds, and these Black Oystercatchers. Best bird of the day was this Red Knot at the Necanicum Estuary. OK, not a shorebird, but this Western Gull … Continue reading

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The North Coast

I made two trips to the northern Oregon Coast for my recent shorebird class. The “autumn” migration is well underway. The Seaside Cove has a nice gathering of gulls. This California Gull is undergoing a rather extensive molt, I believe … Continue reading

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Ft. Stevens, 11-10-2011

I spent a warm sunny November day at Ft. Stevens (Birding Oregon p. 119). The tide and winds were both high, so the sea was too rough to find any birds on the water near the south jetty at parking … Continue reading

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Tillamook Bay, 9/24/11

I took my Portland Audubon class to Tillamook Bay (Birding Oregon p. 125). We found strong winds, high tides, and rough seas, but the weather was warm and mostly sunny. This photo was taken on the bayside of Bayocean Spit. … Continue reading

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Seaside, OR 8-4-11

I spent the day birding sites around Seaside, OR (Birding Oregon p. 121). The tide was the lowest I have seen at The Cove, revealing its sandy bottom. The low tide allowed lots of beach-combers to wander along the rocky … Continue reading

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Second cycle gulls

Here are a few gulls in their second plumage cycle (often referred to as their second year, but that is not always the case). The first two birds are four-cycle gulls.¬†On a four-cycle gull, the second cycle looks much like … Continue reading

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Third Cycle Western Gull

On a recent sweep through Portland’s Westmoreland Park, this gull immediately stood out from the flock. When you see a large gull that just doesn’t fit, chances are good that it is in its third plumage cycle. Large gulls (Western, … Continue reading

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Bayocean Spit

It had been a while since I had walked all the way around Bayocean Spit (Birding Oregon p. 128). This is a great walk which takes about four hours, assuming you stop and look at birds along the way. This … Continue reading

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