American Herring Gull (smithsonianus)

(last update: October 30, 2015)

Amar Ayyash (US)
Bruce Mactavish (Canada)
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Mars Muusse (Netherlands)

American Herring Gull (smithsonianus) 4cy (3rd cycle), February 09 2008, Dryden, NY, USA. Picture: Mike.

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2nd cycle and 3rd cycle birds best aged on inner primaries pattern. However, an easy bird to age, with very immature upperparts, combined with typical 3rd gen primaries: black with small but obvious white tips and an obvious mirror on P10.