This is my life book- a place to collect a list in pictures of the different forms of life I have seen. I have tried to include the date/time/location of each subject. This list might be heavy on the birds because they are my current interest, but there will be other things featured as well. Some of the pictures are great, and some not so great- I never know when I'll come across something interesting and sometimes all I have is my camera phone on hand to capture an image.
These gulls were seen at the Ballard Locks in Seattle, Washington on the afternoon of May 21st, 2011. This gull is a Pacific Coast one, found year round in the Seattle to northern Alaska coastlines. I find the identification of gulls to be a challenge- without close up views of feet/bills/tail feather markings, I find it close to impossible to distinguish one from the other. Add to that the confounding factor that there are hybrids of gulls out there (for the glaucous-winged here in Washington they hybridize with the western gull), and I am left with a stack of pictures just waiting to be posted contingent upon proper identification. You can read more about this gull here, and more about the Ballard Locks here.