Slaty-backed Gull

Larus schistisagus

This Slaty-backed Gull was in St. John’s during the winter of 2010-2011, marking the 14th record of a species once thought very unlikely to show up here.
– Photo: Jared Clarke (December 5, 2010)

Status: Rare (Less than Annual)

Origins: Occurs primarily in northeast Asia (Japan, Korea) and western Alaska. It is a rare visitor to other parts of North America, but records have been increasing dramatically over the past number of years.

Record Details: First recorded in January 2006, but currently there have been eighteen records of about fifteen individuals. All but two records come from St. John’s, with others in Lewisporte (December 2007 – January 2008) and Corner Brook (December 2008). There is one spring record (April 23 – May 7, 2006), and only one record of a non-adult individual (3rd winter plumage).

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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