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RobinHood

Second Winter Herring Gull confirmation.

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Thanks Alex.

It's the very pale immature birds (with no adult plumage showing) that keep grabbing my attention, they really stand out in the crowd.

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The gull is certainly not an adult and also certainly not a first-cycle bird. After that, though, things get a wee bit tricky. There is extreme individual variation in the rate at which large gulls' plumage and soft-part coloration progress, and plumage progression does not necessarily match soft-part coloration progression. While the bird might be in its second plumage cycle, it might also be in its third. Given the relatively extensive amount of gray mantle plumage (see cropped and darkened photo), it's either an advanced 2nd-cycle in plumage or a retarded 3rd-cycle in bill pattern. Without more and better photos, I wouldn't want to be too sure about the bird's age.

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