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Very interesting bird. I suspect it might be an aberrant juvenile Heerman's. However, even if this bird was indeed a young Heerman's with unusually warm-colored plumage, I have never heard of one with pink legs. I did consider the possibility of a rare vagrant, and the bird appears similar to some juvenile Audouin's Gulls although some characteristics do not align. Any gull experts out there?

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In my opinion, even a juvenile GWGU would be significantly larger than Heerman's. There is a juvenile Western Gull (roughly the same size as a typical GWGU) in the background of one of the pictures and it dwarfs the surrounding Heerman's and the bird in debate. Also, a pure GWGU would have pale rather than dark primaries. I think it is best to leave this bird as unidentified at this point.

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