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Update, Jan 25, 2003: compare this bird to this juvenile vegae from Japan in November.
This presumed first-basic smithsonianus Herring Gull was photographed at Linkcrest Landfill, Fort Worth, Texas, by Martin Reid in December 2002. The greater coverts are perfect for vegae and beyond my experience for smithsonianus, but otherwise this bird looks within the range for those birds presumed to be from the northwest (slender bill, long wings; short tail, "gentle" head shape) - if smith HERGs can look like this, I suspect that only extreme individuals of vegae could be identified in North America: