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#1 Daffodil

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:31 AM

I saw these birds outside an ocean-front restaurant and marina in northeast FL today, where there were lots of brown pelicans and lots of gulls. I recognized Laughing Gulls with the black heads, but I wasn't sure about the two kinds of gulls in this photo: the gray, white, and black gulls on either side of the pelican, and the larger brown and white gull on the right.

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After checking around here and in my bird books, I think the smaller gray, white and black gull is a Laughing Gull in winter plumage.

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And I think the larger brown and white gull is a juvenile Herring Gull.

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Did I get these right?

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:41 AM

Agree with your ID's.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:05 AM

seconded! :)

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:13 AM

Thank you, Joejr14 and jdeitsch!


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:43 AM

Daffodil, is that a picture of a Swallow Tailed Kite as you profile picture. I would love to see any kind of Kite, especially a Swallow Tailed Kite.

Edit: Is it possible to see Kites in Mexico?

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:48 AM

Indigo Bunting, yes, it is a Swallow-tailed Kite! I see them around here (northeast FL) mostly during the summer. They are the most beautiful and graceful birds and I love to watch them. The only other kite I've seen in our area is the Mississippi Kite, which I've spotted just a couple of times.

I don't know about kites in Mexico--maybe someone else here would know more about that.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:41 PM

Depending on the season and the part of Mexico, it's possible to see: Mississippi, Plumbeous, Swallow-tailed, Hook-billed, White-tailed, Snail, and Gray-headed. Good luck!

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

Depending on the season and the part of Mexico, it's possible to see: Mississippi, Plumbeous, Swallow-tailed, Hook-billed, White-tailed, Snail, and Gray-headed. Good luck!


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