American Herring Gull Larus (argentatus) smithsonianus
March 31th 2005 Choshi Chiba Japan

A Vega Gull (left) with the American Herring Gull (right of center)

Feb 24th 2005.
This is a 'smith-like' individual wintering in Choshi. The mantle gray is very pale, but might be too pale for smithsonianus. The wings are strangely very short. And the underside of P10 seems to be palish. I feel this seems to have some Glaucous Gull gene.