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third cycle
Western Gull
Fig 1) occidentalis . Note the extensive black on the panels of the bill; this is relatively common in third year Western and Glaucous-winged Gulls, but perhaps extreme on other species. Also note the lack of white tips to the primaries (A-spots). Granted, it's March and they may be worn off, but I've still never seen a 3rd year Western with A-spots. Most other species will show A-spots in their 3rd year. March, 1999. Ocean Shores, Washington. Photo courtesy of Ryan Shaw.

Fig 2) wymani. Photo courtesy of Ron Saldino.

Fig 3) A pale-eyed third cycle wymani with a juvenile. Photo courtesy of Don DesJardin.