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Old Thursday 27th December 2012, 03:52   #1
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Gull Northern Michigan

Seen today on Lake Huron shore. I marked it as a Herring Gull, but it didn't quite feel right. It was the only gull around, so I couldn't get a good feel for the size.
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Old Thursday 27th December 2012, 04:03   #2
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It's a first-winter Ring-billed Gull.
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Old Thursday 27th December 2012, 04:07   #3
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Thanks. Pink legs tricked me, I have a lot to learn about young gulls.
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Old Thursday 27th December 2012, 09:53   #4
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Its not a Ring-billed Gull, its a 2nd winter Herring Gull. Note the pattern of the tertials, scapulars, greater coverts, the extensive heavy head streaking, overall bulky structure and short thick legs.
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The bill is also too large for Ring-billed Gull.
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Old Thursday 27th December 2012, 19:25   #6
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Whoops! Sorry, too quick on that one. Many of the field marks given above seem to overlap between the two species. Especially taking into consideration how angles can play a trick on us, I fail to see how bill size is a dead ringer here, for example.
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It's not a dead ringer, but the shape of the bill, with the slightly bulging tip, as well as the overall appearance of a large bill, is wrong for Ring-billed and good for Herring. This, along with the other characteristics, helps ID it as a Herring.
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Its not a Ring-billed Gull, its a 2nd winter Herring Gull. Note the pattern of the tertials, scapulars, greater coverts, the extensive heavy head streaking, overall bulky structure and short thick legs.
2nd winter Herring was my immediate impression before reading your post Steve.
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