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Another intriguing Herring Gull photographed by Martin Reid at La Marque Landfill (near Galveston) Texas on March 23, 1999. The thick black subterminal band on the bill plus the relatively small apical tips to the primaries (these are heavily-worn, but appear much smaller than on other nearby worn adults) lead me to feel this may be a 4th-basic bird. Note the darker mantle, white head, sloping forehead, and long neck and legs; how similar is this individual to argentatus or vegae?: