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Update: April 8, 2000:- some video grabs of the bird in flight (by John and Barbara Ribble, added at the bottom of this page) confirm that the secondaries are dark brown 2nd-generation feathers, not gray 3rd-generation feathers; also note the extensive white in the tail (in very last image, the bird above/behind is a 2B HEGU), extensive gray in the central/outer primaries, and the very white underwing (with thin darkish line at tips of underwing coverts) - these are all features associated with cachinnans.....

This presumed Herring Gull Larus a. smithsonianus was photographed by Martin Reid at La Marque, Texas on 3rd April, 2000 and appears to be a 2nd-basic/alternate. It has a number of odd features; the mantle tone was seen in the field to be very slightly darker than nearby HEGUs at the same angle (but this was marginal); the basal part of the maxilla is pale grayish-green; the eye is quite dark; the head and body are extremely white; the tail is mostly blackish but has white bases to the outer retrices and a couple of much-whiter feathers; the wings look very long; there is an obvious mirror on P10; P8 (or maybe it's P7) has a very long gray tongue. So, is this a very retarded 3rd-basic/alternate bird, or a most unusual 2nd-basic/alternate? Soon I will add some flight pics that show the secondaries to be dark-brown 2nd-generation feathers (rather than gray 3rd-gen. feathers). I suppose I should also ask if this could possibly be an albertaensis California Gull? as always, comments would be appreciated: