Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Common Gull with narrow tail band

this first-winter Common Gull had an unusually narrow black sub-erminal tail band with extensive white tail tip and appeared to have no band on the outer two feather unlike the usual one -it also has greatly reduced black in the secondaries that are mostly pale grey- cannot recall seeing such a pattern before but it may be more frequent ? In top two shots its the left bird -- bottom 2 photos a more typical patterned first-winter same day

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