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Scoter ID and juvenile Gull - SW MI 12/25


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Merry Christmas everyone.  I had this as Surf Scoter, but looking closer at pics the white patch next to the bill has me questioning that.  This lake has had White-winged and Surf reported in the past couple of weeks.  

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I'm guessing this is a Ring-billed Gull hanging on to juvenile coloring a bit long.  It seemed too close in size to the Lesser Black-backed Gull that was "near" it.    

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8 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

1. White-winged Scoter for sure

2. Pretty sure it’s Lesser Black-backed, though photos aren’t too informative - maybe better left as gull sp

Now I’m thinking the two gulls in the second pic are LBBG, and the first gull is a different bird.  

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7 hours ago, chipperatl said:

Now I’m thinking the two gulls in the second pic are LBBG, and the first gull is a different bird.  

I agree. The adult plumage bird in the first photo is probably Ring-billed. The 1st winter bird and the other bird in the second photo look like Lesser Black-backed to me.

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