Glaucous Gull hath done a good job evading me all season - until today! This 1st cycle was my first interesting gull of the day before being bombarded with Thayer's, Kumlien's and Lesser Black-backeds.
1st cycle Kumlien's at close range:
And a 1st cycle Thayer's with subtle folded wingtips:
For the first time this season, here's all 3, Thayer's, Kumlien's and Glaucous in the same frame:
|Glaucous with sub-adult Lessers in background.|
|Adult/sub-adult type Lesser.|
|Thayer's and Kumlien's.|
|Herring and Kumlien's.|
|Extensive pigment but the shade was too pale for my idea of Thayer's.|
|1st cycle Lesser with renewed scaps, pale head and neck.|
|Same individual above.|
|Same individual above. Note how a different angle/exposure can change the|
apparent shade of this bird.