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ID / Age Confirmation Dorset (1 Viewer)


Ian Ballam
Originally though this might be a 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull, dark eye and leg colour are wrong, now thinking 3rd winter LBBG, although dark eye not right. Anybody steer me in right direction , Thanks


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Alexander Stöhr

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a difficult picture, at least for me. As you have recieved no answer yet, maybe try it in the Bird Identification Q&A section?

I write my thinkings and hope like you for feedback from the experts, so I can learn, too:

Shade of mantle in relation to BHG in one picture seems better for a Lesser-black-backed Gull.

If you look hard enough, I see a long, parallel-edged bill, but rounded head and position of eye is not good for an ID-book Caspian Gull. But I must admit, when I would see this gull in NE-Germany I would see an realtive unmarked head for an immature LBBG (but still within variation with an brownish wash around eye) and think of the Gull-Mix that is prevalent there, and leave this bird unidentified.

I think your bird would be very advanced for a 2cy Gull with upper tertials adult-type and very advanced plumage, but large white tips to primaries may point to a 4cy bird, according to gullresearch?

Conclusion? Gull-experts, please help!

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