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#1 folkeye

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:30 AM

Needing some Seagull and Heron help. I know we have a lot of Western Gulls and various others, but I have a hard time even with comparison pictures figuring them out.

Taken in Southern California 06/16/12

1. Young Western Gull? http://www.flickr.co...in/photostream/

2. Is this a Western Gull? http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream (Had two colors on the beak. Black up top, red on bottom.)

3: Heerman's Gull? http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream (or young something else?)

4. Young Black Crowned Night Heron? :http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream


And not in need of identification, just wanted to share this Black Skimmer: http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream and http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream had never seen one before.It was a nice treat!!

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#2 fisherman1313

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:36 AM

Not sure about the first two but 3 is an adult Heerman's (my favorite gull BTW, they're sooo easy to ID) and 4 is indeed a young BCNH.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:03 PM

#2 is indeed a Western Gull, probably 3rd summer (I'm not that familiar with Westerns). Given the size of the bill on the first one, I would guess that it is a Western as well, in 1st summer plumage.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:04 PM

1. I think first summer Western but I don't see a pale base to the bill and the white eye-ring looks out of place.
2. Third summer Western (dark gray mantle, bill size and coloring, and leg color)
3. Adult Heermann's (white head and dark mantle, bill shape and color)
4. Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron (white 'teardrops' on covert tips).

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 07:53 PM

Thanks! I know the Western Gull is the most common around here but always want to be sure :)

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