Dark Mantled Gull (Slaty-backed Gull?)

Dark Mantled Gull

I got a report yesterday from a visiting birder (thanks Judy!) who saw a dark mantled gull at the mouth of Indian River yesterday. She thought the bird was probably a Slaty-backed Gull.

I made a stop out at the mouth of the river this evening just to look around briefly. I was fortunate enough to see a dark mantled gull just across the river from me at the edge of a large flock of gulls. I was able to get several photos of it, both on the ground and in flight. I would assume this is the same bird that was seen yesterday, and it looks to me like a Slaty-backed Gull, but I would like to have confirmation from other more experienced gull watchers.

Dark Mantled Gull in Flight
Dark Mantled Gull in Flight

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