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first winter
Slaty-backed Gull
November, 1998
Davis, CA

comments by Steve Hampton

Fig 1) I first noticed the bird on November 4. Even at 200 yards, I could see it's paler head, frostier upperparts, and browner folded primaries (with thin crescents) compared to the Herring Gulls. Photo by Marcel Holyoak, copyright 1998.

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click here for my sketch with field notes (130 Kb) click here for photos of first winter Herring Gulls
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