jeffroscoe

Geese and a Gull

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NW Washington, today.  Thanks.

 

Cackler, I'm pretty sure.  

 

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Cackling Goose by jeffroscoe, on Flickr

 

 

Cackler, Canada & Mallard for size comparison.

 

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Cackler and Canada.

 

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This lone Snow Goose was chillin' with the geese above.  Never tried to call out a Juvy before, so want to make sure. 

 

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What gull?  

 

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Gull by jeffroscoe, on Flickr

 

 

 

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My guess on the Gull is Herring Gull if I am seeing pinkish legs and the ring futher towards the end of the bill.

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My guess on the Gull is Herring Gull if I am seeing pinkish legs and the ring futher towards the end of the bill.

Those are both true of Herring Gull, but young Ring-bills also have pink legs and a ring at the end of the bill. Based on the shortness and slenderness of the bill and scalloping on the underparts, I would agree with Ring-billed. California would probably show a longer bill, and I'm not sure they show this pattern as immatures.

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That tiny bill and dainty structure has me wondering...... I think Mew should be considered.

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The gull's a Ring-billed. California, Mew, and Herring would all be mottled underneath rather than scalloped, and on California and Herring the gray in the back usually comes in cleaner than this.

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