Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pure Western Gull or hybrid?

Note the bright yellow orbital-ring, pale eye, dark wing-tips, and bill colour/shape. Is that enough to call it a WEGU, or does the "dirty" appearance suggest otherwise? I have seen other photos of alleged third-cycle WEGUs with equally brown or darker heads. Would appreciate feedback from coastal birders!


  1. I'd be suspicious of this one. The head and breast streaking is quite a bit heavier than what I would expect from a 3rd cycle Western Gull. With the bill already coloring up to that extent, it should be fairly free of streaking.

  2. Thanks for the comments Guy, I had the same reservations. I guess the orbital ring isn't everything! Will keep my eyes open.