A Ross’s gull has been spotted on Palmer Lake in Okanogan County by state Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Jeff Heinlen.
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The Ross’s gull (Rhodostethia rosea), an East Siberian arctic species that normally winters at sea, has only been documented one previous time in the state- in late November and early December of 1994, near McNary Dam on the Columbia River.
“This is like a holiday present for bird watchers,” said Heinlen of Omak. “This is arguably the rarest bird currently in the state, and definitely worth a trip to the