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#1 jeffroscoe

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:47 AM

El Paso County, CO, last week. Thanks.

Not my pics, these were taken by my son-in-law. Mine weren't worth posting.

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#2 sdearth

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:54 AM

greater blackback anyone?

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#3 Hawk Henries

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:10 AM

Looks kind of light. Could it be a lesser black backed??

#4 Grandpa577

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 03:01 AM

Looks good for a worn California Gull, adult. Wing tip patterns are consistent. Too light in color for either Black-backed Gulls. The fact that the upperparts are mostly in shadow is what is making them look dark.

#5 PoorMatty

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:32 AM

I like California for this bird much better than either Black-backed Gull, not least for the fact that they'd both be very out of range (though range maps are especially relative when it comes to gulls, in my experience).

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:24 AM

I like California for this bird much better than either Black-backed Gull, not least for the fact that they'd both be very out of range (though range maps are especially relative when it comes to gulls, in my experience).


I agree with California Gull -- Big mirror in P10, smaller in P9, plus color and bill look good

As for the Black-backed Gulls, we get a small but usually consistent number of Lesser , but pretty much only in the winter time. Greater shows up too, but again, in winter
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