Larus hyperboreus ?
Se encontró peleando con una larus occidentalis juvenil (lado derecho)
Several hundred around much of the day. Images of adult and immature posted.
Very common species here with several hundred around all the time. Several shots posted of various age birds. The red ground in image 1 is leftovers from the butchering of Bowhead Whales by native peoples
The most common gull in Barrow. All ages present in numbers and I'll post shots of various age birds. Probably 250 Glaucous Gulls in the immediate area where these shots were taken. The red looking soil is a sandy beach where the native peoples had butchered two Bowhead Whales in the past several days and the gulls were enjoying the leftovers.
Barrow!? What am I doing in Barrow, Alaska, the northern most town in the U.S., you ask. Well…it’s like this. I have a friend in Austin named Isaac who is a crazy bird photographer like I am. A couple of months ago he sent me an email saying he wanted to go to Barrow for a long weekend to try to photograph Ross’s Gull, one of the rarest gulls in North America. Apparently the species migrates from Siberia across parts of the Arctic Ocean in early October and sometimes can be seen in numbers in Barrow. I had seen the species once before, in Canada in 1988:
but I thought, what the heck. Sounds like an adventure. Very few birds will be around in Barrow at that time of year, but we might see some Ross’s Gulls which is a super fine bird. So, to make a long story short, we left Austin at 7 PM October 8 and 18 hours of airplanes and airports later found ourselves in Barrow, Alaska where it was 24 degrees F., with a 20 mph north wind. Just balmy conditions. We will have two and a half days here before heading home. Yeah, I know…totally insane! This is cold for Texas guys!
The Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) is a large gull which breeds in the Arctic regions of the northern hemisphere and the Atlantic coasts of Europe. It is migratory, wintering from in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans as far south as the British Isles and northernmost states of the USA, also on the Great Lakes. A few birds sometimes reach the southern USA and northern Mexico.