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More ID help please (Western US gulls)


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#1 Patty

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 10:18 PM

I decided to join in on the Big Year this year and am having a heck of a time trying to ID my gulls. Below are my photos (all of which were taken in the Elkhorn Slough/Moss Landing area of California) and best guesses.

 

Herring Gull
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Ring-billed gull
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Western Gull, second winter?

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Am I even close? :D


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Posted 03 April 2016 - 11:30 PM

@Patty,,,the third photo looks like a Western Gull juvenile.  A second year one has more white on the chest and the beak is more yellow....as per my Audubon Guide for California Birds app.


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Posted 04 April 2016 - 09:44 PM

Thanks @marg! I had thought the juveniles were browner overall like this one.

 

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The slightly paler head in the third photo was confusing me.


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 09:55 PM

@Patty, that 3rd picture looks like a Sea Otter to me...but I can't tell because it's blocked by some sort of seagull... <_< .

 

Sorry, couldn't help myself....


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 02:09 AM

@Patty, that 3rd picture looks like a Sea Otter to me...but I can't tell because it's blocked by some sort of seagull... <_< .

 

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