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Thanks Eric. All responses so far favor 2nd winter Nelson's Gull (Glaucous x Herring). 

Cheers,

Peter

--- On Fri, 1/8/10, Eric Cannizzaro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From: Eric Cannizzaro <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Gull ID Help
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Friday, January 8, 2010, 1:05 AM
> Here is a response from a from a
> friend in Washington.
> 
> "Well, with just a quick glance I would say it's a second
> winter Glaucous
> x Herring Gull. The photo of it from behind shows too much
> white in the
> scapular/back feathers for a Herring (or even
> Glaucous-winged) but the
> primaries are too dark for a Glaucous. It looks alot like
> the G x H I've
> seen, except I've only seen first winter birds. If there
> were more white
> in the primaries I would say the plumage could match a
> Glaucous-winged x
> Glaucous."
> 
> Eric Cannizzaro
> 
> On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 9:12 PM, Peter Scully
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> 
> > Hey All,
> >
> > This question concerns an extra-limital gull I found
> on a Long Island, NY
> > CBC on December 27th. Any opinions on an ID of this
> gull will be
> > appreciated. Some theories that have been floated thus
> far include Luecistic
> > GBBG, Leucistic HEGU, and Nelson's Gull. In the field,
> the bird was
> > noticeably smaller than nearby GBBG and seemed larger
> than nearby HEGU. The
> > flying shots are lousy, but give an idea of markings
> if you blow them up.
> >
> > The photos are posted at:
> >
> > http://www.flickr.com/photos/scullybirds/
> >
> > Thank you,
> >
> > Peter
> >
> >
> >
> >
>