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That last photo shows amazingly long, thin wings.  I'm no good at seabirds (which are rare here in New Mexico), but I'm wondering about something more interesting than a gull.

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If the pic were taken in the East, I'd have gone with Laughing for the gull. However, that species is fairly rare in central CA. I think that the bird is probably not definitively identifiable, as it's in an odd posture and poor lighting. I assume that the extreme narrowness of the wings is an artifact of the posture, but that the wings are probably still fairly narrow. I suggest California Gull as an ID, as the bill looks, perhaps, too long for that of Ring-billed.

Both Caspian and Forster's terns look front-heavy like the pictured bird, but Caspian is more so than Forster's and the amount of black on the under side of the wing tip suggests against Forster's.

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