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Mew or Ring billed gull?

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This gull was seen today near Albuquerque on the Rio Grande with 2 Franklin's Gulls.  Seemed slightly larger than accompanying Franklin's1305540901_ScreenShot2019-04-08at2_14_28PM.thumb.png.1dcf3abe48a585f1c72e78a6a9bbe48a.png975220060_ScreenShot2019-04-08at2_13_34PM.thumb.png.5ad16ec61a010047c78e7716d6b0c69b.png1037809511_ScreenShot2019-04-08at2_09_04PM.thumb.png.6330b3bd21eb4259e0f0ef0d4baa3e27.png

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With a bill that size, I would have learned towards Mew, but I'm admittedly no Gull expert.

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Thank you Liam, a local birder friend who knows gulls bettern than I agrees with you; felt the bill was too small for a Ring Billed he wondered if it could be a Ring-billed/Mew hybrid.

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I agree it doesn’t look great for Ring-billed, but is Mew not quite rare for the location? I was basing my ID more in likelihood than field marks, to be honest. 

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Yes; there has been one seen there for a few months, though. Last seen 3/15 according to eBird.

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19 hours ago, Liam said:

Yes; there has been one seen there for a few months, though. Last seen 3/15 according to eBird.

Ahhh. My bad. I agree this looks good for Mew.

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