Thayer's Gull (thayeri)

(last update: January 22, 2013)

Amar Ayyash (USA)
Mars Muusse (Netherlands)

Thayer's Gull adult, January 20 2008, Nile Creek, Vancouver Island, BC. Picture: Guy Monty.

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Birds in winter (non breeding) plumage.

The spring movement of Thayer's Gulls into the Parksville-Qualicum area has begun. Today there were over 700 Thayer's Gulls at the mouth of Nile Creek, near Qualicum Bay, BC. Each spring a significant percentage of the world population of this species masses in this area to fatten up on Pacific Herring and their roe during the annual spawn.