Young Western Gulls

The North Basin this afternoon was almost bare of Scaup.  Usually dominating the area by the several hundreds, Scaups were just a scattering of salt and pepper on the rippled grey surface.  Where did they go?  In their absence, a pair of juvenile Western Gulls floated quietly on the southern end, near the Virginia Street extension.  They’re still wearing their baby grey feathers.  It’ll be next summer before they look like grown-up Western Gulls, with white heads and breasts, yellow beaks, and distinct grey wings streaked with black.  

Western Gulls, juvenile
Western Gull, juvenile

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