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2-5-2011 Madison county IL.  The Hartford IL Mew Gull from Thur. flew to Bend rd. at days end today.
Here an adult winter Mew Gull. (American small-billed) L.c.brachyrynchus:http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/bilrudn/nov2010/2-5-11a6.jpgclassic field marks: dark eye (mini Slaty-backed wing tips)http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/bilrudn/nov2010/2-5-11a11.jpgHere note: dove like jizz; lead grey mantle (less blue); small smudged bill (no ring);P6 sub-terminal black band surrounded by white (up against the tertial crescent):(looking like a piece of electrical tape on a marshmallow) http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/bilrudn/nov2010/2-5-11a8.jpgHere shown with Ring-billed bills:http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/bilrudn/nov2010/2-5-11a15.jpg
Your turn: Expert Field ID Challenge.Here in harsh winter light:http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/bilrudn/nov2010/2-5-11a9.jpgHere hidden in plain sight:http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/bilrudn/nov2010/2-5-11a10.jpgHere sleeping:http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c281/bilrudn/nov2010/2-5-11a14.jpg
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