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second cycle
Ring-billed Gull


Fig 1) Second cycle birds are like third cycle of four-year gulls, and thus look a lot like adults. This bird looks very much like an adult, but with no apical spots and more black in the bill. February 16, 2013. Petaluma, California. Photo by Steve Hampton.


Fig 2) On this bird, note the heavier bill marking, hints of brown in the wings, and more extensive streaking/spotting on the breast. Early October, 1998. South Haven, Michigan. Photo by Mark Cassino.