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I've concluded that the bird I observed was likely a first-year  
Herring with very large black bill.  It was never near another  
Herring for direct comparison, but did not match either Terry's or  
Peter's birds.

Edge


On Jan 29, 2010, at 8:06 AM, Terry McNeely wrote:

> Peter
>
> I looked at your photos that you took and the other photo  
> attachment from previous post.
>
> As to the photos that you took.  This is not the bird I observed on  
> 1-25-2010.  The bird I saw was a dark sooty  gray to black on on  
> the wings and mantle and the bill appeared to be larger. It  
> appeared to stand at least 4-5 inches taller than the Ring-billed  
> Gulls.
>
> I think that my bird was a third year bird, but it did not appear  
> to have noticeable smudging on the white of head and breast.  
> However my optics were not exactly the greatest.
>
> Terry McNeely
> 25843 Grate Ave
> Jameson, MO  64647
> Daviess County
>
>
>
>
> > Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 22:43:40 -0600
> > From: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: ID help: GBBG
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> >
> > Well,
> > I spent some time analyzing the photos that I took and I have  
> serious
> > doubts that I observed a great black-backed gull.
> > Edge reported a first-winter bird. The bird I observed is a
> > second-year bird, so I think that I just "made" it into a GBBG,  
> but it
> > is a strange-plumaged individual. None of the first-year birds  
> that I
> > saw at Long Branch fit the GBBG, but I could simply miss the bird.
> > My concerns: bill looks small, median and lesser coverts are lighter
> > than the greater coverts. Belly heavily smudged. Tail band very  
> black
> > and very wide.
> > Here is the link to the photos
> > http://picasaweb.google.com/Pkondrash/MissouriWinter2010#
> > PLEASE send me your comments!
> > Later,
> > PK
> >
> > --
> > Peter Kondrashov
> > Kirksville, MO
> >
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