Bill et al -
 
I'm definitely NOT a gull expert, however, on the web page at the link below are photos of Yellow-legged Gulls (birds are in alphabetical order)  I took in Rome and Monaco in 2006.  Note the very flat head that seem to be somewhat indicative of this bird.
 
http://david.faintich.com/previous_photos_f-j.htm
 

...Dave Faintich

Olivette, MO
http://david.faintich.com/


"The truth of the matter is, the birds could very well live without us, but many - perhaps all - of us would find life incomplete, indeed almost intolerable without the birds" ~~ Roger Tory Peterson

 


From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bill Rudden
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 7:02 PM
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Subject: Re: Mixed bag:

Thanks for your study time David. 
 You write: "The dark black mark is not normal for Yellow-legged Gull"
 Here a link with pics.  It seems black marked bills are a common occurrence.
http://www.xs4all.nl/~daarruud/micha/index.html
 
Respectfully, br

 
--- On Thu, 2/12/09, David Becher <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: David Becher <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Mixed bag:
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Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009, 6:28 PM

The Gull is a very interesting bird, but I am troubled by the bill.  The dark black mark is not normal for Yellow-legged Gull and also the bill seems to broaden at the tip a bit too much compared to the pictures in Gulls of the Americas.  I think that the possibility of a Herring Gull X Lesser Black-backed Gull hybrid also needs to be considered.  I would be interested in what some experts in European Gulls think of this bird.
David Becher
Saint Louis




Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 20:13:46 -0800
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Subject: Mixed bag:
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IYEPD (if your elite please delete)
St. Louis city. St.Charles county. MO.
 
The Carondelet Park Merlin was in different trees ringing the fountain lake:
Monday: overcast
Tuesday:sunny
 
Here a American Robin (Labrador form):
Black of hood bleeds onto upper back:
contrast between black back and grey rump:
 
RMBS Ellis Bay (all):
If your gulled out quit now:
Here a couple of heart rushers:
do you see it:
small adult white-winged gull: 
 
Here a gull plumage I've never seen: (Tue. did not see Wed.)
Grey-backed; yellow legs; light eye; red/black gony spot:
super lightened: field marks fit Yellow-legged Gull (L.m.michahellis)
 
Add LBIMO (like bird in my opinion) to all bird ID.
Bill Rudden
St. Louis
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