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This presumed second cycle-type gull was photographed February 21, 2007 in the Coastal Plain near Houston and Galveston, Texas, Texas; Note the following points:

  • the tone of the adult-like upperpart feathers was clearly paler than that of Laughing Gull.
  • the advanced bill pattern is very odd for such a young-looking bird.
  • the legs have a pale yellow-ochre tone.
  • many of the wing coverts have a large whitish base with diamond-shaped black tip, creating a marbled effect.
  • in profile the wings look broad and rather blunt-tipped.
  • the inner webs of most primaries are paler than the blackish outer webs.