Slaty-backed Gull in Sullivan Co., NY

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An adult Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus) was found and photographed at Neversink Reservoir, Sullivan Co., NY on 20 February 2002. A native of northeastern Eurasia and northern Japan, this species is rare along the Bering coast of Alaska, and there are only a handful of scattered records in the lower 48 state since the first in St Louis along the Mississippi River in late 1983. There is one previous New York State occurrence, in the Niagara River Gorge area of NY/ONT, 24 November-29 December 1992. The Sullivan Co. adult is the closest confirmed Slaty-backed Gull to the Atlantic Coast; recent single individuals along the Susquehanna River in MD, and at Cape Hatteras NC remain in dispute.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Slaty-backed Gull in Sullivan Co., NY
Series title Kingbird
Volume 51
Year Published 2002
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 114-118
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Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Kingbird
First page 114
Last page 118
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