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What type of gulls please.

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Thanks cvanbosk. I was hoping to confirm before posting on ebird. We had a few Laughing Gulls arrive with Dorian and they seem similar.

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First photo - -  Appears to have no color in the wingtips.  Along with bill size and head shape I'd say Glaucous.   Bill tip suggests a subadult.   It otherwise just looks too bulky and large billled for an Iceland (gaucoides).   Hope some others weigh in on this.

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Thanks sfimnt. This bird was the same size as the Herring Gulls in the cove, but was conspicuous due to its clean pale appearance.

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Well.....these photos make me lean more toward Iceland.  The bill looks smaller than glaucous and the base looks more yellowish than pinkish.  Head shape looks a bit less flattened.  Possibly a splash of gray in the primary edges?     

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Primary extension looks fairly long too.  Along with Herring Gull size comparison, provides a couple more points in favor of Iceland.

 

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Armed with your excellent observations, I consulted my guide (Birds of Canada by David M. Bird,Ph.D.) and I agree with your call. I wouldn't have got there without your help. Gulls are tough and thanks to you, I've learned alot.

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I'm not fully confident on this one - - was hoping for input from others who are more familiar with eastern gulls.

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