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Also note the yellow Iris on the Smithville Gull and the pale iris on the
Maryland Kelp!

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From: MO Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Marcia & Larry Hawk
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 3:16 PM
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Subject: Re: More on Smithville Gull

I was able to get shots of the bills of the Maryland Kelp Gull and the
Smithville Gull on the same screen of my computer and you can definitely see
that the Smithville's bill is smaller, a little shorter and with quite a
difference in the gap size (smaller) and shape.  Also there is a difference
in the shape of the head and size of the orbital rings.

Marcia Hawk

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From: MO Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Jack Revare
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 2:34 PM
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Subject: More on Smithville Gull

The Maryland Kelp Gull has been in St. Mary's Co., MD
off and on since 1998 or so.  The bird was accepted by
the Maryland-DC Records Committee late last year.  The
report is online in pdf format.  To look at this
report, go to Google Advanced Search and put in the
following "Maryland Kelp Gull".  This will bring up a
series of sites.  About half way down is a reference
to this committee.   The PDF report can be brought up.
 It is very interesting as originally, it was thought
it was a hybrid.

On the Gull Identification website,

http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/6181/gulls.htm

there are a few pictures of the Maryland Gull,
including a head closeup shot similar to Kyle's shot.
I am not an expert, but I think there are subtle
differences in the two pictures.  The Maryland KEGU
picture was taken six years ago, but a recent report
on Maryland Birds says it still looks pretty much the
same.

Jack.

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Leawood, KS USA
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