Glaucous-Winged Gull

Range Map
Larus glaucescens

Glaucous-Winged Gulls are seldom found far from salt water. They breed along the west coast of North America from Washington to Alaska, and to the coast of eastern Siberia and Kamchatka. They spend winters along the west coast of North America and Mexico, and in Asia south to Japan.

Taxonomists regard the Glaucous-Winged Gull as monotypic (i.e. no subspecies).

My meetings with this species have (so far) been limited to Resurrection Bay in Seward (Alaska). The dock where the fishing boats emptied their catches was a gathering place for Mew Gulls (now called Short-Billed Gulls), Glaucous-Winged Gulls, and Double-Crested Cormorants. I spent several days in Seward, and my memories are fond ones. Someday I hope to return and explore it more thoroughly.

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