MEW GULL

Larus brachyrhynchus

Status:  Rare regular winter visitor Lake McConaughy, rare casual elsewhere.Mew GullDocumentation: Photograph: 11 May 1996 Keith Co (Brogie 1997).

Taxonomy:  The Common Gull (L. canus) is often considered to comprise four subspecies (Gill and Donsker 2017, Clements et al 2016): canus of Iceland and the British Isles to the White Sea; heinei of western Russia to central Siberia; kamtschatschensis of eastern Siberia; and brachyrhynchus of northern Alaska and western Canada. Olsen and Larsson (2004) treated North American brachyrhynchus as a full species (Mew Gull), retaining within Common Gull the three Eurasian taxa, while Howell and Dunn (2007) considered brachyrhynchus, kamtschatschensis, and canus (including heinei) as three full species.  We follow Olsen and Larsson (2004) here, recognizing two species.

Nebraska birds are presumed brachyrhynchus; L. c. canus occurs as a vagrant to northeast North America and L. c. kamtschatschensis is a rare vagrant to western Alaska (Pyle 2008; Howell and Dunn 2007).

Winter: Nov 26, 27, 29 <<<>>> Apr 12, 12, 13

Earlier dates are 6-9 Nov 2002 adult Gavin’s Point Dam, Cedar Co (Brogie 2003, 2004), and 11 Nov 2011 basic adult Harlan Co Reservoir (Brogie 2012).

Later dates are 18-19 Apr 1998 alternate adult Lake McConaughy, Keith Co (Brogie 1999), 19 Apr 1998 adult Lake McConaughy (Silcock and Jorgensen 1998),  21 Apr 2018 Lake Ogallala (Noah Arthur photo; Brogie 2019), and 11 May 1996 adult Keith Co (Brogie 1997).

Most of the 49 records are from Lake McConaughy; reports have increased in recent years, possibly due to improving observer skills.

Abbreviations

SL: Sewage Lagoons

Literature Cited

Arthur, N.  2018. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S41942586.

Arthur, N. 2019. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51843559.

Brogie, M.A. 1997. 1996 (Eighth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 65: 115-126.

Brogie, M.A. 1998. 1997 (Ninth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 66: 147-159.

Brogie, M.A. 1999. 1998 (Tenth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 67: 141-152.

Brogie, M.A. 2003. 2002 (14th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 71: 136-142.

Brogie, M.A. 2004. 2003 (15th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 72: 59-65.

Brogie, M.A. 2012. 2011 (23rd) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 80: 112-122.

Brogie, M.A. 2014. 2013 (25th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 82: 131-146.

Brogie, M.A. 2016. 2015 (27th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 84: 138-150.

Brogie, M.A. 2019. 2018 (30th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 87: 96-109.

Howell, S.N.G., and J. Dunn. 2007. Gulls of the Americas. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, New York, USA.

Jorgensen, J.G. 2001. 1999 (Eleventh) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 69: 85-91.

Olsen, K.M., and H. Larsson. 2004. Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Pyle, P. 2008. Identification Guide to North American Birds. Part II, Anatidae to Alcidae. Slate Creek Press, Bolinas, California, USA.

Silcock, W.R. 2000. Spring Field Report, March to May 2000. NBR 64: 55-81.

Silcock, W.R. 2001a. Winter Field Report, December 2000- February 2001. NBR 69: 2-18.

Silcock, W.R. 2001b. Spring Field Report, March to May 2001. NBR 69: 46-79.

Silcock, W.R. 2002. Winter Field report, December 2001- February 2002. NBR 70: 2-21.

Silcock, W.R. 2007. Spring Field Report, March-May 2007. NBR 75: 34-52.

Silcock, W.R. 2008. Fall Field Report, August-November 2008. NBR 76: 134-154.

Silcock, W.R. 2009. Winter Field Report, December 2008 to February 2009. NBR 77: 18-34.

Silcock, W.R. 2011. Winter Field Report, December 2010 to February 2011. NBR 79: 7-19.

Silcock, W.R. 2013. Spring Field Report, Mar 2013 to May 2013. NBR 81: 50-79.

Silcock, W.R. 2014. Winter Field Report, December 2013 to February 2014. NBR 82: 2-15.

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 1998. Spring Field Report, March to May 1998. NBR 66: 30-55.

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 1999. Winter Field Report, Dec 1998 to Feb 1999. NBR 67: 2-16.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2020. Mew Gull (Larus brachyrhynchus). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org


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