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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 22nd March 2018, 00:43
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By SteveMM
Still one of the larger gulls, probably Mongolian...

Still one of the larger gulls, probably Mongolian and probably second-winter. Black-tailed Gull has grey saddle by second-winter, but has brighter bare parts by this time also.

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 22nd March 2018, 00:35
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By SteveMM
Hi Michael, Female Common Rosefinch for the...

Hi Michael,

Female Common Rosefinch for the finch.

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 21st March 2018, 12:53
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By SteveMM
The flying bird is adult Mongolian Gull. The...

The flying bird is adult Mongolian Gull. The others look better for Mongolian Gull than anything else to me, but it's harder to be certain on those images.

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 19th March 2018, 14:05
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By SteveMM
All sorts in Picture 1, Mike: five Little Egrets...

All sorts in Picture 1, Mike: five Little Egrets on the right (with the slender black bills), a Grey Heron in the centre; two Black-crowned Night Herons along the bottom; and a Great Egret bottom...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 19th March 2018, 13:54
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks, Lou. I guess Vega Gull is all it really...

Thanks, Lou. I guess Vega Gull is all it really can be, it just looks peculiar to me somehow!

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 19th March 2018, 02:41
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By SteveMM
Third-winter Larus, Chiayi County, Taiwan, December 2017: Vega Gull?

I've had this rather distinctive individual identified as a third-winter Vega Gull all winter but have always been bothered by it for some reason. It is (was, as it's now long gone) a lightly built...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 15th March 2018, 01:17
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By SteveMM
Hi Bryon, I assume you mean the bird I posted,...

Hi Bryon,

I assume you mean the bird I posted, in which case the only answer I can give you is that, to the best of my knowledge, it isn't (as said 'knowledge' includes nothing about differentiating...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 14th March 2018, 14:06
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By SteveMM
Agree with worn first-winter Mongolian. Steve

Agree with worn first-winter Mongolian.

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 14th March 2018, 13:58
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By SteveMM
Hi xuky, I would say that the bill of the...

Hi xuky,

I would say that the bill of the Eurasian Skylarks (attached) we get here is shorter/stubbier than that of Oriental if anything, and yes also a bit slimmer. Your birds seem to have rather...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 2nd February 2018, 13:45
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By SteveMM
I think that's probably the case, but there are...

I think that's probably the case, but there are also further features to support ID as Vega Gull in this new photo, including streaking rather than smudging around the eye, anchor marks in the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 2nd February 2018, 03:50
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By SteveMM
Hi Xuky, Amazing how quickly Asian big gull...

Hi Xuky,

Amazing how quickly Asian big gull posts sink directly to the bottom of the pile!

I'm still not sure about 5/7 etc, I just don't have enough experience of either species to say! I think...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 30th January 2018, 12:10
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By SteveMM
Hi Xuky, I really don't have sufficient...

Hi Xuky,

I really don't have sufficient experience of Slaty-backed to add much of value to this thread, but will have a go regardless! For me:

#1 Slaty-backed Gull: short, thick bill; smudgy eye;...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 21st January 2018, 13:30
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By SteveMM
Hi Xuky, Many of Peter's taimyrensis Jan links...

Hi Xuky,

Many of Peter's taimyrensis Jan links to show clear pale lozenges in the outer webs of the inner primaries, and so do many birds I see here. I still think the overall 'feel' of the outer...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 20th January 2018, 14:52
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By SteveMM
Hi Xuky, FWIW, I agree with all your...

Hi Xuky,

FWIW, I agree with all your identifications and ages except for the first bird.

There are a few birds like this one around here at the moment and I am choosing (rightly or wrongly) to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 17th January 2018, 12:00
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks again, Jan! I could have easily been...

Thanks again, Jan!

I could have easily been convinced either way with this bird, but with two votes in for Mongolian Gull I'll stick with that one I think!

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 16th January 2018, 01:31
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By SteveMM
Just for illustrative purposes (and to illustrate...

Just for illustrative purposes (and to illustrate Jan's point)...

On Mongolian Gull, the pattern on the inner primaries is typically striking, with pale of the inner webs extending onto the outer...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 16th January 2018, 01:15
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks for the response, Jan. Not entirely sure...

Thanks for the response, Jan. Not entirely sure from it which side of the fence it puts you on, though! Are you saying you favour Taimyr Gull?

Steve
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 16th January 2018, 00:51
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By SteveMM
Thanks, Lou. Yes, tail pattern is another thing...

Thanks, Lou.

Yes, tail pattern is another thing that seems to better fit Mongolian. I also think wing shape is not like Taimyr Gull, either, with that very broad arm and short triangular hand.

I...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 15th January 2018, 01:04
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By SteveMM
First-winter Larus, Chiayi County, Taiwan: Mongolian or not?

This highly distinctive (and very large) first-winter gull arrived here at least a month ago pretty much 'as is'.

I've oscillated between Mongolian and Taimyr Gull for it, but did settle on the...
Forum: Gulls Sunday 31st December 2017, 15:05
Replies: 148
Views: 42,304
Posted By SteveMM
An adult presumed Taimyr Gull is also hanging...

An adult presumed Taimyr Gull is also hanging around, one which has an oddly-marked P10 and a broad white tip to the tongue on P7. It seems much too dark for Vega Gull, though.
Forum: Gulls Sunday 31st December 2017, 15:02
Replies: 148
Views: 42,304
Posted By SteveMM
A bunch of juveniles seem also to have turned up...

A bunch of juveniles seem also to have turned up this week, and these are just baffling!

I assume the first two individuals to be Vega Gulls by virtue of coarsely-marked greater coverts and pale...
Forum: Gulls Saturday 30th December 2017, 13:44
Replies: 148
Views: 42,304
Posted By SteveMM
A couple of new first-winter Mongolian Gulls...

A couple of new first-winter Mongolian Gulls around this weekend.

The first (Pictures 1/2) has weakly marked new pale blue scapulars and signs of bleaching in the coverts already. The second...
Forum: Gulls Wednesday 27th December 2017, 02:34
Replies: 148
Views: 42,304
Posted By SteveMM
Some adult Vega Gulls (much scarcer than Taimyr...

Some adult Vega Gulls (much scarcer than Taimyr Gull in Taiwan). The first needs no explanation. The second has nice orange orbital skin around the eye (unlike the vinous-red of Taimyr). The third is...
Forum: Gulls Wednesday 27th December 2017, 02:21
Replies: 148
Views: 42,304
Posted By SteveMM
Some adult (or near) Taimyr Gulls. The first bird...

Some adult (or near) Taimyr Gulls. The first bird is interesting as it has alomst finished its primary moult. The last bird has a large mirror P10 and an interestingly-patterned tip!
Forum: Gulls Wednesday 27th December 2017, 02:17
Replies: 148
Views: 42,304
Posted By SteveMM
Some older Taimyr Gulls...

Some older Taimyr Gulls...
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