I had heard that Ross’s Gulls were not yet being seen in Barrow just before I left Anchorage this morning to come to Barrow for the express purpose of seeing Ross’s Gulls. So it comes as no surprise that I have not yet seen Ross’s Gulls for the year. I’m guessing it’s a combination of east winds and warm weather (34 degrees here today in Barrow), but in any case, I hope something changes soon.
It was interesting, however, to watch the excitement of Barrow residents and gulls alike over the bowhead whale kill that happened yesterday. Apparently the people here worked all night long last night and today to cut it up, and late this afternoon, truck after truck arrived to cart away parts of the whale. Glaucous Gulls were everywhere feasting. Maybe some other gull(s) will arrive to join in the fun tomorrow.
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