[CT Birds] Gull ID wanted (from Massbirds)

Kathy Van Der Aue kvda at optonline.net
Mon May 24 07:57:58 EDT 2010

The message below was posted on MassBirds.  Can anyone ID this gull for this 
person?  I can't quite make it fit anything in my book.

Kathy Van Der Aue, Southport, CT
kvda at optonline.net

Reply-To: jfenton at natureandwings.com

Perhaps my eyes are just tired as I've been shooting roseate and common
terns and shorebirds all week.

I found this gull this afternoon among a group of ring bill gulls and it
stuck out like a sore thumb.

Large bird...a bit larger than a herring but a bit smaller than a great
black back gull.

The things which caught my eye were the yellow bill with a near solid
black tip, a very robust bill, yellow green legs, what appeared to be a
very long neck and to me, a strange combination of clean white upper
plumage combines with the grey and brown as you move back.

Here's a link...if you could end my confusion it would be greatly


Jim Fenton
42 11th Ave
Haverhill, MA 01830

Cell: 978-420-6363

Images at: www.pbase.com/soonipi1957

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