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I am forwarding this Cobirds message about pink gulls because I thought it
might interest some Missouri birders.  The Franklin's gulls which came
through NW Mo looked very pink this last month.
Tommie Rogers
Mound City, MO


> In a follow-up to a previous thread on pink
> Ring-billed Gulls -
>
> Apparently there was an article in the Seattle
> Post-Intelligencer blaming it on dyes used to color
> the flesh of farm-reared salmon.  If I get more
> information I'll post it here.  More pink Franklin's
> Gulls than normal also seem to be showing up in parts
> of the west this year.  The same dye used in salmon
> farming are used in shrimp farms in parts of South
> America.
>
> Jeff Price
> Boulder, CO

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