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Gull ID in Pennsylvania, US - February

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Old Sunday 16th February 2020, 21:39   #1
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Gull ID in Pennsylvania, US - February

Can you ID these Gulls for me?

They were flying over a landfill in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Taken in February.
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Old Sunday 16th February 2020, 21:40   #2
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Here are a few more pictures... I think they are all the same kind of Gull.
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Old Sunday 16th February 2020, 22:54   #3
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I wish I could see its legs but I'm going with Herring Gull for this one.
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Old Monday 17th February 2020, 01:47   #4
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Somebody told me most of them were Ring-billed Gulls. I would like to know more of your thoughts before I check them off.
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Old Monday 17th February 2020, 09:48   #5
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I was stuck between Ring-billed and American Herring - needs better pics for me. But then I'm [email protected] at large gulls
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all but pic 6 are ring-billed gulls, 6 is a herring gull.
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I was stuck between Ring-billed and American Herring - needs better pics for me. But then I'm [email protected] at large gulls
Any more opinions on what they are?

Sorry, but the birds were at least 100 yards away. Very hard to get good pictures when they are that far away.
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all but pic 6 are ring-billed gulls, 6 is a herring gull.
Thanks Lou. This is what they said on the Whatbird Community Forum and I was waiting to see if I could get at least one person to confirm it!
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all but pic 6 are ring-billed gulls, 6 is a herring gull.
Lou, it is very difficult to be sure with distant photographs like these, but I suspect that pic 6 shows a Ring-billed Gull too, even though it is heavily marked on head and breast. Among other characters, the primary pattern looks very odd for American Herring Gull. For instance, the amount of black on p6-7 appears too limited for this species.
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