[CT Birds] Stratford "white-winged" Gull

julian hough jrhough1 at snet.net
Fri Feb 13 22:13:46 EST 2015

Thanks Patrick for the info on calls. I do not have any experience with comparing calls of these gulls but I know Peter Adriaens recently did some analysis of the calls of Thayer's and Kumlien's Iceland Gull (I think Pat included a link to this analysis in his post).

This is definitely more interesting grist for the mill and while I didn't think it looked that short-winged when I saw it, this can be misleading depending on posture, and it does look a little on the short-winged side in Mark's images.

It would be interesting to see images now and I will make a concerted effort to check it out again when I am down there.

If it isn't a strange and large Iceland Gull I am at a loss for putting a name to it, so hopefully Pat and Keith can stick with it and come to a conclusion.



On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 6:16 PM EST Mark Szantyr wrote:

>Not wanting to stir a hornet's nest, i do wonder what the concensus is on this gull. I agree with Julian that it is an Iceland Gull but it is quite large and agressive and it might make for fun snow day banter to see what others who have seen it think. I do know that there are some not convinced it is an Iceland (pure) Gull. 
>These photos are from a year ago. 
>Mark Szantyr
>> On Feb 13, 2015, at 5:08 PM, julian hough via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>> Keith, in your post, you wrote "Also returning large "WHITE-WINGED" Gull (aka
>> Mr. Long Beach) now in its 3rd cycle hanging out at its usual place on
>> the jetty at the west end of the parking lot.
>> Despite some long discussions about its identity when it turned up, isn't this widely accepted as just an Iceland Gull? 
>> Is there still some reason that it is continues to be reported as unidentifiable to species even now, as a three year old?
>> I think it may be confusing for those less well versed in gulls to see it referred to as a "white-winged" gull.
>> Thanks..
>> Julian
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