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Species Code: LAOC
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The Western Gull is common along the outer Washington Coast from Cape Flattery south to Oregon. Nesting on rocky cliffs and islets all along this region, and foraging in marine coastal areas and urban areas adjacent to the coast. Large colonies are known to occur in Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, and at the mouth of the Columbia river. It crossbreeds extensively with the Glaucous-winged Gull.
All cities, agriculture, open areas, wetlands, water bodies, beaches, and rocky cliff areas adjacent to the coast in the Sitka Spruce zone were included as good habitat in core zones in the region described above.
"Pure" Western Gulls can occur north to the San Juan Islands in the breeding season. A zone between Grays Harbor and Destruction Island contains roughly equal amounts of Western, Glaucous-winged, and intergrated gulls breeding in colonies. South of Grays Harbor, Western is the predominant large Larus gull.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
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