More February Mystery Gulls

These three gulls were all photographed in February of this year, the first one was at Starrigavan, the other two at Swan Lake.

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Unfortunately I neglected to get a whole body shot of this gull, so it may not be possible to identify it. My best guess is Thayer’s Gull, but I’m not sure I can rule out a Glaucous-winged Gull with dark wingtips. The eye and head/bill structure suggest Thayer’s Gull to me. The wingtips seem very light. Perhaps pale wingtips are not too unusual in Thayer’s Gulls, however. I’m really not sure.

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Structurally this gull strikes me more as a Thayer’s Gull, but the coloring seems more typical of a Glaucous-winged Gull. Unfortunately I did not get a picture of this gull with other gulls of known identification, so it’s may be a little difficult to judge size.

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If I were just looking at the head, I would say my best guess is Thayer’s Gull. If I were just looking at the body, I would say Glaucous-winged Gull. As it is, I am uncertain. One striking characteristic of this bird is how bright yellow the beak is (that stood out at the time compared to other gulls as well).

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