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Update: November 25 2006: I found some pics of this bird from six weeks earlier - click here.

This first-cycle gull was photographed in east Houston, Texas on March 15:

note the prominent gonydal angle, and obvious hook to the tip of the maxilla:

note the broad, rounded wings:

compare the mantle tone to that of the Laughing Gull at the left of the image:

note the two bands of paler feathers in the leading and trailing lesser underwing coverts:

note that the inner primaries are paler on both inner and outer webs:

Note that the outer web of R6 is pure white from the base until the two subterminal black notches: