2nd cycle gulls

Since I am still in “gull mode” from my class at Portland Audubon, here is another gull quiz. These three birds are in their second plumage cycle; still pretty brown and blotchy, but with some gray coming in on the mantle. All three were photographed in Oregon in autumn. Don’t worry. Pretty soon migration will pick up and my attentions will be drawn to other birds.

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Number 1

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Number 2

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Number 3

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2 Responses to 2nd cycle gulls

  1. Laura says:

    Here I go again…
    #1 – Thayer’s Gull
    #2 – Ring-billed Gull
    #3 – Glaucous-winged Gull

    You should check out the Diabolical Female Waterfowl Quiz over at 10000birds.com if you want a hell of a quiz.

  2. Robert Lockett says:

    Thanks for the Gull class, John!

    Here are my guesses (if i’m wrong, it shouldn’t reflect on your teaching so much as my learning):
    1. California Gull
    2. Western x Glaucous-winged hybrid
    3. Glaucous-winged Gull

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