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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.

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Astrobirder    3395

Assateague Island is WAAAAAAAY out of range for a California (and usually vagrants to the East Coast are younger birds). I've seen Herring Gulls with weird beaks like this, so this is what you've got here

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Sean C.    1657
16 minutes ago, BirdSpotter32 said:

I am a newbie. Not sure but asking - Can it be a 'Ring Billed Gull' since it has a black ring on its beak ?

how to differentiate between Ring Billed and Herring ?

Herrings can sometimes have black rings on their bills, while Ring-billed Gulls don't have red spots on their bills, like this Bird has.

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Astrobirder    3395
43 minutes ago, BirdSpotter32 said:

how to differentiate between Ring Billed and Herring ?

They have different shapes, very different immature plumages and adult Ring-billed Gulls have a neat ring around the tip of the bill

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HamRHead    1031

In this position the red spot on the bill is the best mark to differentiate the two. If you can see them, the legs are different colors. Herrings have pink or flesh colored legs, while Ring-billed Gulls have yellow legs. Perhaps not as obvious on a single bird is that Herring Gulls are larger than Ring-billed and have a thicker bill.

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HamRHead    1031
14 hours ago, BirdSpotter32 said:

I am a newbie. Not sure but asking - Can it be a 'Ring Billed Gull' since it has a black ring on its beak ?

how to differentiate between Ring Billed and Herring ?

Other gull species besides Herring also have a red spot on the bill. Then you would look for other marks--size, shape, and color. Observe the bill, eyes, legs, and bird in general. Location and calls can help, too.

Here is are two articles on the red spot:

http://www.audubon.org/news/why-do-gulls-have-red-spot-their-bills

https://www.scienceworld.ca/why-do-some-gulls-have-red-spot-their-beaks

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