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Tony Leukering

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  1. 5 hours ago, akandula said:

    Just based on structure, I like Boat-tailed for the first two photos and a Bronzed Common for the last photo.

    Head is flat and color is far too purple for Common. At least, the Commons in panhandle FL. Interestingly, it's a pale-eyed bird, so obviously of the race alabamensis, which has a tiny range (western panhandle FL to coastal MS).

  2. I suppose that it would be kind of important to put IDs on the other gulls here in order to determine how big the apparently smaller gull is. However, we can start with the premise that there is not FRGU here. Any Frankie now with adult wings would would have a black head.

    The larger gull behind the smaller gull seems to have a darker gray mantle and it definitely has wide and distinct scapular and tertial crescents. That combo should enable an ID of Cal Gull. The overexposed larger gull in front of the Cal has a noticeably wide and very distinct tertial crescent and it's roughly the same size as the Cal, so I'd call that another Cal. The back bird is problematic, but it doesn't look of significantly different size than the Cals, so I'm pretty happy with it as a third Cal.

    That leaves what I presume is the bird in question.

    If the Cal right behind is a male, then, given the pitfalls of size illusion in telephoto photography, the front bird might be large enough to be a Ringer. However, it, too, seems to have distinct scapular and tertial crescents, which rules out Ring-billed Gull. Since the white tips to the primaries rule out Bonaparte's, there's really only one reasonable option in ID in April: Mew.

    As I assume that Mew its at least "interesting"  there, I'd be leery of actually identifying it as such without a better photo.

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  3. It's a scaup, certainly. However, identifying a scaup from a single, relatively poor photo is quite "dangerous." Is the bird or has the bird been diving? What does the head shape look like two seconds earlier or two seconds later? I would leave it unidentified, though I actually think that it's a Lesser. Greater Scaup is nearly the same size as Redhead, and this bird looks noticeably smaller.

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  4. I'm with Akandula -- the second bird is in side lighting, and fairly harsh side lighting at that, creating an artifact of gray underparts... as in



    FOTEs can seem to be gray-bellied even in flat lighting -- https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/173082651#_ga=2.252648719.785834017.1585270112-1184313056.1549327880

    I think that the thick-billed and long-legged appearance is more reliable than horribly lit plumage features.


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  5. Also see ME occurrence graph

    This is for the entire state of Maine, so you can expect frequency in early April to be higher in southern Maine. As example, here's the same graph, but for York and Cumberland counties. As you can see, frequency in the first week of April is twice that of the statewide value and right around the 1% value that I use as a guideline distinguishing between rare and not rare. Finally, this has been a crazy spring, with many species being found farther north than typical for the time of year.

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