The long overdue adult Glaucous-winged Gull was seen originally on Dec 18th and was at the Algoma Landfill for about 2hours. from 930-1130. It then left heading towards the St. Mary’s River. Stan Phippen later spotted it at the rapids of the St.Mary’s River across from Whitefish Island. Despite intensive searching it was not seen yesterday or today.
Please note the Algoma Landfill is an industrial site and although certain areas are open to local dropping of garbage the industrial area is quite remote to this a very much off limits. The roads to get there are about 2 feet deep with mud and impassable except by 4 wheel drive large trucks. They have asked me to make this very clear that they will not be open to visitors except for the usual local garbage drop offs.
I posted multiple photos on a E-bird checklist
With Glaucous-winged Gull the question of hybridization will always arise. Being familiar with this species from both of its hybrid zones in the Pacific Northwest (with Western Gull) and Cook Inlet (with Herring Gull) as well as in areas were it is relatively isolated and ‘'pure” such as the outer Aleutians and Northeast Asia I feel that this bird is certainly about as “pure appearing” as is possible. This has been pretty much the consensus of those(many who are very familiar with this question)who have reviewed the photographs. I am certainly open to any comments and will of course submit the record to the ORBC for their determination.
If it is relocated at any point it will be reposted to this forum