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This gull was seen today at a reservior in SW Montana.  Typically we see Ring-billed gulls at this reservior, but this gull didn't look or act like the rest.  It seems to have caught a fish and all the other gulls were leaving it alone to eat....which is not what I've witnessed with other gulls with a catch. 

Any help with an ID on this gull would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!




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1 hour ago, AlexHenry said:

Notice how the scapulars this birds molted in over the fall/winter are paler than the wing coverts. That suggests Herring to me over Great Black-backed Gull.

Good point. I'm good with Herring. 

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As you note @akiley It does have a pretty bulky head/neck area with a pretty hefty bill and a notably flat crown for a Herring. If it was on the west coast I’d consider Glaucous-winged influence. But I think it’s probably a typical Herring Gull, just a big bulky-headed male.

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