Slaty-backed Gull – Beacon Train Station found by Curt McDermott 1/21/12

Note the deep pink legs and smudging on nape and throat 1/21/12

Broad trailing edge to wing and String of pearls.

Slaty-backed Gull 1/21/12

Note the broad tertial crescent, smudging around the eye and nape and neck

Slaty-backed Gull found by Curt McDermott 1/21/12. Note the string of pearls in upper wing

Today, Curt McDermott found an adult Slaty-backed Gull on the Hudson River at the Beacon Train Station. Congratulations Curt! I have posted several of his photos to this site. Note the dark mantle, broad tertial crescent, deep pink legs, smudging around the eye and on nape and neck. Bulky body, yellow bill with distinct gonys spot. The broad trailing edge to the wing. The string of pearls is evident in the upper wing shot. Check out P6 thru P10. In my opinion, this bird is diagnostic Slaty-backed Gull.

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2 Responses to Slaty-backed Gull – Beacon Train Station found by Curt McDermott 1/21/12

  1. Pingback: Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth Weekend of 2012)

  2. For me, since I missed the Slaty-backed Gull, the Iceland Gull and Cackling goose were the best birds of the weekend.

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