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

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