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Monday, 14 November 2011

A putative THAYER'S GULL in Argyll

This interesting juvenile gull from the High Arctic was discovered yesterday
by Bill Allan at Dunstaffnage Bay, just north of Oban (Argyll). It seems to show a lot of traits of juvenile THAYER'S GULL, although does have a few anomalous features. Once again, there may be a possibility of outside influence, perhaps with Smithsonian's Gull (North American Herring Gull). Jim Dickson managed to obtain this very interesting and educational set of images. I would be most interested in any comments regarding identification -