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Re: [CALBIRDS] white gull (Humboldt)

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  • Steve Hampton
    His brothers are here: http://www.tertial.us/gulls/whitegulls.htm I ve received very mixed replies on these, with some very well-known birders saying they are
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      His brothers are here: http://www.tertial.us/gulls/whitegulls.htm

      I've received very mixed replies on these, with some very well-known
      birders saying they are within range of Glaucous/Iceland, and others saying
      they are likely leucistic.


      On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM, Ken Burton <shrikethree@...> wrote:

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      > This morning I found an interesting white gull off Waddington Road in the
      > Ferndale Bottoms. I�ve posted some photos in a folder called �white gull
      > (Humboldt).� It was on the south side of the road along the entire
      > east-west stretch between the two 90-degree bends (Waddington mostly runs
      > north-south). Daryl Coldren and Rob Fowler also saw it. Daryl said it had
      > pale barring in the tail; and we all noticed what may have been a few pale
      > brown mantle feathers, though this may have been mud or manure instead;
      > otherwise the plumage was pure white. The bill was pale at the base,
      > gradually darkening distally. The eyes were dark and we could not see the
      > legs. We considered Iceland but concluded that the plumage was too pale and
      > unmarked, the eyes too dark, and the bill too long. I�m currently leaning
      > towards a leucistic Thayer�s but welcome others� input.
      >
      > Ken Burton
      > Arcata
      >
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      Steve Hampton
      Davis, CA


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