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Today east of Denver.

Any guesses? Maybe just ring-billed gulls, but I was hoping they'd be something different.

 

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That's the only one I got. But that's ok. Don't worry about it. I try not to care too much about gulls. 🙂

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Posted (edited)

1 looks like it could be a Great/Lesser Black-backed Gull (maybe Great with that hefty bill). Agree with RBGU for 2.

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Someone else who was at that hotspot the same time I was recorded a couple of lesser black-backed gulls, and that's what I was hoping it was.

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First one is a Ring-billed, and the second looks to be a young Lesser Black-backed, which are uncommon but regular along the CO Front Range (which I presume is where you photographed this bird). Nice!

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The flying bird in the first picture is definitely not Lesser Black-backed, due to the pale inner primaries, plus with the pink base to the bill, I believe it’s Herring.

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32 minutes ago, gstacks said:

Cool! A lifer for me. 

Congrats!

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On 1/7/2020 at 7:52 PM, AlexHenry said:

The flying bird in the first picture is definitely not Lesser Black-backed, due to the pale inner primaries, plus with the pink base to the bill, I believe it’s Herring.

Absolutely correct.Also, the bill pattern is perfect for a first-cycle smithsonianus Herring (HERG) at this season. First-cycle Lesser Black-backed (LBBG) still has an essentially all-black bill at this time. A small minority of New World HERGs show a tail pattern like this bird, so, by itself, it is not sufficient for an ID of LBBG. The other bird is a first-cycle Ringer.

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