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This presumed first-basic smithsonianus Herring Gull was photographed at Corpus Christi Landfill on January 6, 2001 by Martin Reid; note the very short tail, the extensive white in the wing-coverts and tertials, the "V"-shaped patten of some lower scapulars, and the sparse dark bars in the whitish outermost retrix - all features seen more often in vegae than in smithsonianus: