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 Post subject: Please confirm Heermann's gull
PostPosted: Feb 14 11:21 am 
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Please confirm if it is Heermann's gull.
The video was made on November 5, 2017 on Burnaby Lake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uexf_Lk97O4

Thank you,
Fedor


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 Post subject: Re: Please confirm Heermann's gull
PostPosted: Feb 14 11:34 am 
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Hi Fedor,

What you have is a Ring-billed Gull.

A Heermann's gull would have a red beak tipped with black.

Hope this helps!

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 Post subject: Re: Please confirm Heermann's gull
PostPosted: Feb 14 11:40 am 
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Now I’m not an expert (far from it) when it comes to gulls, but I’m going to say that this is a mature Ring-billed Gull in its winter plumage. Note the black ring at the end of the yellow bill and the yellowish legs. Heermann’s have a bright red bill (with a black ring as well) and black legs. We typically don’t get that many Heermann’s in this area (try Point Roberts in late summer) where Ring-billed’s are plentiful year round.
Someone else with more gull experience should confirm this though - it sure wouldn’t be the 1st time I was way off in identifying a gull :roll:.

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 Post subject: Re: Please confirm Heermann's gull
PostPosted: Feb 14 11:42 am 
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Oops! Sorry Rob, I didn’t see your post before submitting mine.
Well there you have it - a Ring-billed Gull it is (yea, I got one right).

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 Post subject: Re: Please confirm Heermann's gull
PostPosted: Feb 14 12:04 pm 
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Rob & Judy, thank you very much!


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