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Old Thursday 8th March 2018, 00:47   #1
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Odd small gull

It's in this eBird list with two pictures. It was smaller than the smallest ring bill. The ring bill to the right is average size
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43454441

The picture only is this link. If I correct the name, the link will disappear
https://download.ams.birds.cornell.e.../88822411/1200

Bonaparte's? That is supposed to get here mid March, peaking in april.
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Old Thursday 8th March 2018, 00:57   #2
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Gives me an immature Common/Mew Gull impression - small size and small bill but still more of a Larus 'jizz' than the smaller hooded gulls like Bonaparte's, Black-headed etc. Not sure how (un)likely that is in Nebraska though...
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Old Thursday 8th March 2018, 01:11   #3
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Rather unlikely. Isn’t mew about the size of a ring billed, or a few cm shorter? This was clearly small. The only small gull reported so far in the area is Franklin’s.
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Definitely not one of the smaller "hooded" gulls, as stevethehydra pointed out. I can't say whether it's just an immature Ring-billed Gull or a Mew Gull, given Mew's rarity in Nebraska.

Size is rather hard to tell from this angle, but it does appear a bit smaller than surrounding Ring-billed.
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If we disregard size, I would have to call it ring-billed.
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With such a delicate and short bill and apparently dark eye the species that would fit it best is really Mew Gull, despite its rarity there.
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OK. It probably won’t pass with just that. I’d need someone to refind it and get photos with wings.
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Old Thursday 8th March 2018, 10:52   #8
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You'd certainly struggle to sell it as Ring-billed over here on that image. (The ones in the background would pass muster though... .)
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One NE expert has labeled it ring bill now. There are some 10 records of mew gull. It comes from the west, so we have records in Lake McConaughy which is a 300 miles West of here.
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I must say that's a bit odd. At best I'd leave it unidentified.
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Looks Mew to me too
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Old Thursday 8th March 2018, 23:15   #12
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Can't see how this can be a Ring-billed
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Note Mew Gull has occurred before at the Branched Oak SRA: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S36427947
And there have been records also in south Nebraska last December: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S41094375
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S41073164
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Difficult images but there is every chance it’s just a (small) Ring-billed gull, based on the fact that it’s a 1st cycle bird (cf. bill pattern) and the general whiteness of the plumage. A 2cy Mew gull would generally be much darker at this time of the year and would lack the contrasting whitish eye crescents.
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It's a first-cycle, 3-year gull that has a black-tipped, pinkish bill. Because it has an obvious pale gray mantle and lacks much in the way of brown tones, it's an immature Ring-billed Gull.
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