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This gull was at Elliot Landfill, Corpus Christi, Texas on April 20, 2005; I feel that it has many features of a first-winter Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus, especially the tail pattern, bill shape, and overall structure. I'd appreciate feedback/other suggestions - thanks:

Note that the outer retrices have no barring at all:

- rather they have plain diffuse pale bases, with some limited tiny pale spots and notches - typical of SBGU:

in the pic below a displaced retrix shows its unbarred base:

even from below there is no hint of barring in the retrices: