08 October 2014

Not A Most Wanted Poster, But...

I put this collage together, just for fun, knowing all of my gull-inclined readers would get a kick out of it.

Feel free to give it a go and see if you can identify these individuals. They're all adults and they all occur in North America. Answers below.

Row 1: Kumlien's (Iceland) Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull.
Row 2: Ring-billed Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull.
Row 3: Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull.
Row 4: Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous Gull.
Row 5: Thayer's (Iceland) Gull, Western Gull, Great Black-backed Gull


  1. Fourth time lucky for this techno-challenged gull watcher trying to post his answers to the quiz. Nice Poster.

    Row 1 - Kum/ICGU, HERG, GWGU
    Row 2 - RBGU, BOGU, LAGU
    Row 3 - HERG, LBBG, BHGU
    Row 4 - MEGU, CAGU, GLGU
    Row 5 - THGU, WEGU, GBBG

    B Mactavish (Newfoundland)

  2. Nearly perfect! Pretty impressive. If you had a second choice for the middle bird in the top row, what would it be?

  3. Here's a hint on that middle bird in row one:

  4. You are probably going to say it is a SBGU, there aren't any species left with streaked heads and red gonydeal spot. The weak red spot and washed out bill over all I guess are more SBGU than HERG and the more you look at it the more diffuse the head streaking appears. The white staring eye is SBGU-like. The pic is too small to see orbital ring colour. The more you stare at the picture the easier it is to imagine the slate coloured back that must be attached to this bird.