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David Fix
64. by David Fix on July 04, 2011 at 04:21 pm

By spring, the overall plumage and especially the flight feathers of first-cycle Western Gulls (hatched the preceding year) can be so bleached and worn that these individuals are scarcely distinguishable from some like-aged Glaucous-winged Gulls. Living on the coast and often having to face into the sun while enduring the south winds of winter storms, their breasts and faces become quite pale.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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Nest at Yaquina Head, Lincoln County, Oregon, described as being composed of grasses on the rocky shelf of a sea cliff about 40 feet above the ocean. (Manassa Schrock 1957)

by Dave Irons on August 18, 2012 at 04:08 pm
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