Monday, March 23, 2020

Western Gull - Oregon

We took a trip to Oregon in January 2016 and drove up the coast from Newport to the Columbia River. We encountered western gulls along the coast. They have a white head and body with a dark gray back and pink legs. Breeding adults have an orange ring around the eye and a red spot on the lower mandible of the otherwise yellow bill. 

Juveniles are a gray brown with a checkered back and wings and pink legs and a black bill. 
The largest populations are near San Francisco and along the Oregon coast. 

1 comment:

  1. I still have a hard time seeing any difference among the various subspecies of gulls. You have a great eye.