Various gulls and a Ruddy Turnstone (OR, 02/20/11)

This continuing Ruddy Turnstone can be seen at the Pacific Oyster Company in Bay City.

The following 9 pictures (also see part 2) are a series of gull pictures taken at Westmoreland Park last weekend.

The bird below looks real good for a 1st cycle Thayer’s Gull.

The bird below is a real pigeon. Another 1st year Thayer’s Gull. Note how small the bill is. It is looks much more worn compared to the bill of the bird above with the clearly defined gonys.

This one is an adult Herring Gull.

Now what do we have here? The bill is massive. Dusky eyes. A 3rd cycle bird as shown by the black tail-band. It seems like that the mantle is too dark to consider a Herring x Glaucous-winged Hybrid. Is there Herring in it or is this just an Olympic Gull?

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Author: birdmeister

Obsessed with birding, I started taking a pictures in '01 after a brief personalized intro by the incomparable David LaPuma. In July '09, I acquired a Canon EOS 50D with a 100-400mm IS lens to be able to shoot the fast-moving lbjs that were so difficult before. In Dec '14, I upgraded my body to a Canon 7D Mark II and immediately noticed a big improvement. Nevertheless, I'm first and foremost a birder, then a photographer. Please note that all pictures on this site were taken by birdmeister (the owner of this site) except for where otherwise mentioned. All pictures on this site are copyrighted.

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