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Old Tuesday 24th November 2009, 18:27   #1
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Gull identification Yucatan Peninsular, Mexico

I have just returned from a very enjoyable holiday in Mexico. I stayed at Riu Lupita, in Playacar and took advantage of a day trip with a local guide, Luis Ku Quinones, but most of the time was spent around the hotel. All in all I saw 130 species and hope to do a trip report shortly.

On the local beach was a flock of Laughing Gulls with one larger gull. I assume from location it is an American Herring Gull but would appreciate confirmation as immature gulls still confuse me.
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Old Tuesday 24th November 2009, 18:38   #2
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This is a Lesser Black-backed Gull.
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It isn't Herring Gull. To my eye, it looks like 2nd cycle Lesser Black-back, it appears they get that far south now.

Just a stab, to get you started.....
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For me your Gull looks more like a 2nd winter Western Gull.
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For me your Gull looks more like a 2nd winter Western Gull.
Not found on the Yucatan, I believe.
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It's a Lesser Black-backed Gull, they're pretty regular in the Yucatan I think
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Old Tuesday 24th November 2009, 19:06   #8
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agree, a 2nd winter LBBG. http://www.gull-research.org/lbbg2cy...2cynovdec.html
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