Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Recommended Posts

Neither one can be a Great Black-backed. That's the largest gull in the world, which would look giant compared to the RB around it. Glaucous are just about as big as GBBG and never as brown on the wing as this bird- it's a young Ringer- probably 2nd cycle.

The darker bird is puzzling. In terms of size/shape/structure, as well as bill pattern, it seems fine for another Ringer. Lesser Black-backed would be a pretty decent amount larger. I just can't get over that mantle color. I'm trying to figure out how to see it as a Ringer at some odd angle/posture. 

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

11 hours ago, akiley said:

 

The darker bird is puzzling. In terms of size/shape/structure, as well as bill pattern, it seems fine for another Ringer. Lesser Black-backed would be a pretty decent amount larger. I just can't get over that mantle color. I'm trying to figure out how to see it as a Ringer at some odd angle/posture. 

Is it possible that the darker colour is shadow being cast by a partially raised wing?...just tossing out ideas here, not claiming to know what I'm talking about. :classic_biggrin:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah. I wish (1) I had noticed and taken more shots and (2) had a bigger lens. 

There was a birder with a much bigger lens and tripod a little ways away, but I think he was focusing much closer on the plovers and sandpipers. I was looking for an American Golden Plover in the area which I didn’t see. 

I’m going to check eBird for reports that day. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...