Today when I went down to check the local Penticton gull mix, I was pleased to find a "new" GLAUCOUS GULL (photo below). It sounds like there have recently been at least 4 individuals around lately, all different from the bird Laure found in January-- so 5 all together! Not bad for Penticton or anywhere in the province really... my personal record is 6 at one time (Maude Roxby, Kelowna--Feb 2009 I think). Shows how good the gulling is here in the Central Okanagan!
Also present was this interesting adult gull (photos below)... at first I was thinking dark-eyed Herring Gull but others have suggested it might be a hybrid of some sort (see comments below). Right now I'm liking the Herring Gull x GW possibility.
[Above: pale 1st-cycle Glaucous Gull: Penticton's 5th GLGU of the winter!]
[Above: Close-up of mystery bird; adult GWGU on left, juv. GWGU behind]
[Above: mystery bird beside typical Herring Gulls]