Anyhow, play along with me. If I am wrong, please let me know because there will be a good chance that I am. The gull above is an adult Ring Billed Gull??
I cannot tell what this one is due to the fact that I can't see its bill. I was just happy to get it in flight and not glaringly white. FYI, if you ever want to photograph gulls try it when it's raining with no sun. I am telling the white won't look as washed out for some reason!
Okay, now for a tough one. My answer is.......A first year (or first winter as the serious bird nerd would call it) Herring Gull. You would think by now it would be toilet trained. Just look at the mess it left on the rock. It certainly makes you think twice before swimming in a pond doesn't it?
This one is like my final Jeopardy question here. It's a tough one so I will wager nothing. The one to the left is a third year Herring Gull. The one to the right of it is a second year Ring Billed Gull. The one in the water cannot be identified!
Now you don't seriously think I am going to try this one do you???? I just wanted to show you the number of gulls who hang out on this small pond. The fellow birder who taught me some new things this past weekend told me this was a good place to go to observe gulls and try and determine their age. It was actually a lot of fun and made me appreciate this common bird even more. Yes I sometimes get caught up in my life list and will overlook the common birds because I see them so much but do I really?
Many of us get caught up in the common birding rut and long to see more to reach our list goal, but we can appreciate the common birds we see in between. The Mallard Duck grooming its feathers, the Blue Jay crooning in the tree and the gull crapping on the rock. ;o)