[CT Birds] Todays curious gull in Windsor
birdinggeek at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 16:28:22 EST 2013
Well, the experts in Japan have offered an opinion and while they state it could be in the range of variation for Slaty-backed Gull, they are troubled by a few things that suggest possible herring gull influence, in part or in full, smithsonianus or vega, or some other form.
You have got to love gulls.
On Feb 19, 2013, at 6:20 PM, Mark Szantyr <birdinggeek at gmail.com> wrote:
> Found this gull while scouting for Thursday's Gull Workshop at the Windsor Landfill. Many aspects of this bird suggest that it might be a first calendar year Slaty-backed Gull. There are only two previous state records for this species and this plumage is a very difficult one to sort out. As i said, many characters lead to this very tentative identification and i have sent the images out for consultation with some people who might have more experience than I do with the species.
> I post this as a disclaimer for Thursday. We may refind this bird. If we do, that will be cool because it is a very neat and interesting gull. it still might not be positively identified to species... Heck, it might never be.
> And that is why i love looking at gulls!
> Photos above.
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