American Herring Gulls
17th 2012Choshi Chiba Japan
A typical American Herring Gull with
very uniform dark brown overall appearance. Another 1st winter bird in the
background is Slaty-backed Gull.
Note the heavily dark-barred rump and uppertail coverts, and
almost all-dark tail.
paler smithsonianus on the same date. Some dark Vega Gulls or 'Taimyr
Gulls' might be hard to distinguish from birds of kind. But at
least no features on this bird are out of the range of
The rump and uppertail coverts are still extensively
dark-barred, but it looks sparser than in 'Individual 1'. The base of outer
tail feathers shows more white flecks than in 'Individual1'.
Vega Gulls on the same date.