Ross’s Gull

Rhodostethia rosea

This species is only very rarely found during the spring in the Pribilofs with a scattering of records from late May and a couple records from the beginning of June. The few summer and fall records that exist are likely outliers and are simply examples of lost individuals south of their preferred range. Most commonly found around the Pribilofs during the winter in association with sea ice, these occurrences likely account for many of the relatively few records of this species in the area. There are a few March records with the best chance of sightings likely from December to April for those willing to brave the winter. For everyone else, late May holds the most promise.

Photo by Doug Gochfeld
Photo by Cory Gregory