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    Gull ID, Salton Sea, California, USA, Earth

    Thanks Lou! In the field, I did note that the legs looked pinkish from some angles and yellowish from others, but on such a young gull, I'm not sure how much that matters.. I was curious, because I couldn't find any pics of 1st or 2nd cycle YFG with a back pattern that matched mine, but I...
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    Gull ID, Salton Sea, California, USA, Earth

    That's Lou. I've no idea why Kelp Gull was originally suggested. I was originally hoping to get feedback on how Western Gull could be ruled out, which are rare but regular at this location in the winter. Another experienced birder has reported (presumably) this exact bird at this location as a...
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    Gull ID, Salton Sea, California, USA, Earth

    The tertial crescent doesn't seem particularly large, and the feet seem too pale for Slaty-backed, but that's another species I've zero experience with. I'm leaning towards Western right now.
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    Gull ID, Salton Sea, California, USA, Earth

    I'd like to solicit some advice on ID'ing this large dark mantled gull from the north end of the Salton Sea in California, USA. Yellow-footed is probably the most likely large dark mantled gull, but Western (and even Lesser and Great Black-backed) have been recorded as well. Here's my...
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