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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 18, 2009
ID : 7C2V4810 [3888 x 2592]

Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 18, 2009
ID : 7C2V4821 [3888 x 2592]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Dockweiler State Beach), CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=14' MAP
Date: April 26, 2014
ID : B13K6125 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Gabriel Spreading Grounds, Pico Rivera, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.1W, elev=162' MAP
Date: February 4, 2016
ID : B13K0122 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Dockweiler State Beach), CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=14' MAP
Date: April 26, 2014
ID : B13K6077 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Dockweiler State Beach), CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=14' MAP
Date: April 26, 2014
ID : B13K6120 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Dockweiler State Beach), CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=14' MAP
Date: April 26, 2014
ID : B13K6122 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Dockweiler Beach, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=16' MAP
Date: February 1, 2014
ID : B13K5726 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: February 21, 2012
ID : B13K4328 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Saint Paul, Pribilof Islands, AK
GPS: 57.1N, -170.3W, elev=28' MAP
Date: June 1, 2012
ID : 7C2V6547 [3888 x 2592]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=50' MAP
Date: January 27, 2013
ID : B13K1983 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: December 15, 2012
ID : B13K1359 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: December 15, 2012
ID : B13K1354 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull ([left], Western Gull [right])
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: February 21, 2012
ID : B13K4341 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Saint Paul, Pribilof Islands, AK
GPS: 57.1N, -170.3W, elev=28' MAP
Date: June 1, 2012
ID : B13K8272 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Portland (Westmoreland Park), OR
GPS: 45.5N, -122.6W, elev=51' MAP
Date: December 6, 2011
ID : B13K0638 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Portland (Westmoreland Park), OR
GPS: 45.5N, -122.6W, elev=51' MAP
Date: December 6, 2011
ID : B13K0613 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Salton Sea, CA
GPS: 33.2N, -115.6W, elev=-232' MAP
Date: November 23, 2010
ID : B13K4589 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull (GWGU x Herring)
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: November 21, 2010
ID : B13K4489 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Siletz Bay, OR
GPS: 44.9N, -124.0W, elev=13' MAP
Date: December 4, 2010
ID : B13K5085 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Siletz Bay, OR
GPS: 44.9N, -124.0W, elev=13' MAP
Date: December 4, 2010
ID : B13K5099 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Portland (Westmoreland Park), OR
GPS: 45.5N, -122.6W, elev=51' MAP
Date: December 5, 2010
ID : B13K5168 [4896 x 3264]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 18, 2009
ID : 7C2V4800 [3888 x 2592]

Glaucous-winged Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 3, 2009
ID : 7C2V3159 [3888 x 2592]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Salton Sea, CA
GPS: 33.2N, -115.6W, elev=-232' MAP
Date: May 2, 2009
ID : 7C2V7192 [3888 x 2592]

Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Salton Sea, CA
GPS: 33.2N, -115.6W, elev=-232' MAP
Date: May 2, 2009
ID : 7C2V7190 [3888 x 2592]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 18, 2009
ID : 7C2V4785 [3888 x 2592]

Glaucous-winged Gull (Adult)
 
 
Location: Clover Pt., Victoria, B.C., Canada
GPS: 48.4N, -123.3W, elev=2' MAP
Date: September 3, 2008
ID : 7C2V8539 [3888 x 2592]

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Glaucous-winged Gull (1st Cycle juvenile)
 
 
Location: Clover Pt., Victoria, B.C., Canada
GPS: 48.4N, -123.3W, elev=2' MAP
Date: September 3, 2008
ID : 7C2V8371 [3888 x 2592]

Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Los Angeles (Echo Park Lake), CA
GPS: 34.1N, -118.3W, elev=387' MAP
Date: December 28, 2008
ID : 7C2V2811 [3888 x 2592]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: November 24, 2008
ID : 7C2V2150 [3888 x 2592]

Glaucous-winged Gull (Glaucous-winged Gull x Western Gull Hybrid)
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: November 24, 2008
ID : 7C2V2159 [3888 x 2592]

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Glaucous-winged Gull (1st Cycle juvenile)
 
 
Location: Clover Pt., Victoria, B.C., Canada
GPS: 48.4N, -123.3W, elev=2' MAP
Date: September 3, 2008
ID : 7C2V8442 [3888 x 2592]

Glaucous-winged Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Del Rey Lagoon), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=3' MAP
Date: February 21, 2008
ID : 4270 [3888 x 2592]

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Glaucous-winged Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Del Rey Lagoon), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=3' MAP
Date: February 21, 2008
ID : 4258 [3888 x 2592]

Glaucous-winged Gull (Glaucous-winged Gull back, Western Gull middle, Ring-billed Gull front)
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Del Rey Lagoon), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=3' MAP
Date: February 21, 2008
ID : 4277 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Glaucous-winged Gull, Larus glaucescens, is a large, white-headed gull residing from the Aleutians to the western coast of Alaska to the coast of Washington. It also breeds on the northwest coast of Alaska. During non-breeding seasons they can be found along the coast of California. It is a close relative of the Western Gull and frequently hybridizes with it, resulting in identification problems--particularly in the Puget Sound area. Glaucous-winged Gulls are thought to live about 15 years. One individual, notable because he had only one leg, lived at least 30.

The Glaucous-winged Gull is rarely found far from saltwater. It is a large bird, measuring 24 to 27 in. (61-69 cm.) with a white head, neck, breast, and belly, a white tail, and pearly-gray wings and back. The ends of their wings are white-tipped. Its legs are pink and the beak is yellow with a red subterminal spot. The forehead is somewhat flat. During the winter, the head and nape appears dusky, and the subterminal spot becomes dark. Young birds are brown or gray with black beaks, and take four years to reach full plumage.

The Glaucous-winged Gull nests in the summer, and each pair produces two or three chicks which fledge at six weeks.

It feeds along the coast, scavenging for dead or weak squid, fish, mussels, and the like, and often picks up human garbage.

Its cry is a low-pitched "kak-kak-kak" or "wow", or a more high-pitched wailing.

It is an exceptionally rare vagrant to the Western Palearctic region, with records from Morocco, the Canary Islands and, most recently, from Britain in the winter of 2006/2007



                                     




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