Little Gull, Larus minutus, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Seneca Co., NY, 19 May 2005.
All pictures were taken by Jay McGowan and are © Jay W. McGowan. They were taken with an Olympus D-40 digital camera through a Swarovski ATS-80 spotting scope.
A first-spring Ross's Gull was reported at Montezuma from the day before, but observers on 19 May found this first-spring Little Gull instead. Noted were the square or slightly notched tail with black tips on the outer tail feathers.
For a comparison series of birds in similar plumage (and, quite frankly, much nicer photos), go to http://www.pbase.com/gtepke/little_gull_0506.
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