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This presumed 4th-basic Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus graellsii?) was photographed by Martin Reid at Brownsville, Texas on January 15, 2001; it is an unusual bird for a number of reasons:- there are three fresh primaries beyond the rather worn tertials, plus two extremely abraded old primaries; the length of the pale shaft "pin" sticking beyond the tip of the longest new primary suggests that these two retained Ps are P9 and P10; during a couple of brief flights and some clumsy walking (the bird, not me...), I could see that there appeared to be only two old Ps, and no apparent gap between them and the nextmost fresh P (but I cannot be certain of this - I was unable to get any open-wing photos), and that there were no visible gaps anywhere in the wing (i.e. no gaps in the inner wing either); Initially I was unsure if the three fresh Ps were P5-7 or P6-8; the pattern on the next innermost P, tucked well under the tertials, has a broken black subterminal band with a large area of white separating the two narrow black marks - this is unlikely to be P5; the pattern of the innermost of the three fresh Ps looks typical of a well-marked P5, in that the black band is thick yet fairly even, with only a very small extension up the outer edge that is matched in extent by a dagger-shaped peak of black that juts out along the shaft; normally the position of the tail tip would confirm the numbering of the Ps - but this bird is completely tail-less, with no outward signs of any replacement retrices; the markings on the lower nape/hindneck are brownish, and very heavy and blurry along the mantle line; there were a few scattered diffuse scallops of pale brownish on the upper breast, and a strong rich brown tinge in the worn-looking scapulars; the bill base looks fleshy in these images, but in the field we all remarked on how the base looked very pale green - almost a washed-out "Key Lime" tone; the legs were unequivocally yellow throughout the tibia, tarsus and feet (typical winter graellsii color); the eye was that pale whitish-yellow typical of graellsii, and the orbital ring was red: