Quiz – June Bird of the Month June 24, 2013 (Closed)

This bird was seen on Treasure Island Beach, Gulf of Mexico, central Florida on June 24, 2013.  It walked along the beach near Laughing Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls and Royal and Sandwich Terns. What is it?

The second photo is the mystery gull with a Ring-billed Gull and the last photo is the mystery gull with Laughing Gull and Ring-billed Gull.  Hopefully, these photos will provide some idea of size comparison.  -SLB 



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10 responses to “Quiz – June Bird of the Month June 24, 2013 (Closed)

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  2. Large, immature gulls are notoriously difficult to ID, especially out here on the Wet Coast. Out east, things are a bit easier, but it is still not always possible to get it right.

    My best guess on this one is that this is a second year Greater Black-backed Gull (maybe a Lesser?), Herring Gull or even a very, very lost Western Gull (although that is quite unlikely).

  3. Pierre–how do we know it’s large?

  4. I edited the original post to try to help estimate the mystery bird’s size. The top photo is the mystery bird with a juvenile Ring-billed Gull and a Laughing Gull. The middle photo is the mystery bird with the Ring-billed Gull.

  5. I can’t seem to find the edit?

  6. Can you see it now?

  7. Yep, thanks! Well, size-wise I think it has to be LBBG. Dang–till now I was thinking GBBG based on the photos in the Stokes’ guide.

  8. These juvie gulls can be a real challenge. Let’s see what the consensus is.

  9. LBBG. Perhaps it will remain on that beach until it becomes an adult when it will be quite a beautiful gull.