Mar 10

Unknown Gull

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This gull was in a good scrap with 3 Grey Herons over a fish. If anybody can help with the identification I would appreciate it.

 

We generally put these under 'Great white-headed gull sp' & in eBird; Gull sp, Larus sp. It is either one of the Lesser Black-backed Gull subspecies (Steppe Gull or Heuglin's Gull) or a young Caspian Gull. That is why a blanket Lesser Black-backed Gull does not cut it. Looking at how common/rare some of these are, it's PROBABLY a Steppe Gull, L. fuscus barabensis. But, in my opinion, no way to tell with 100% certainty. It's hard enough with the adult gulls.

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