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Gull ID quiz
SCANNING a local gull roost can be a thankless, cold and tiring task, and it is picking out the most unusual species that make it all worthwhile.
You are panning back and forth with your scope when the prominent band on the bill of one bird in the gathering dusk makes you stop immediately, and the adrenaline kicks in.
Is this striking bird a Herring Gull, or its slightly less frequent congener Common Gull? Or is it that North American straggler, Ring-billed Gull, lured in by the communal frenzy that is a gull gathering, and waiting for you to put the news out of its presence?
Use our tips in the December issue ID Photo Guide to work out the species and age of this notable individual, and find out if you really have hit paydirt.
Click here or on the map to see a larger version showing today's sightings. For details of species and county, move your mouse over any square and check the pop-up 'tool-tip' (and/or, depending on the browser, the status bar at the bottom of your browser window). On the BirdGuides website, Bird News Extra subscribers can also see the site name, and can access further details by clicking on any square; they can also view BirdMaps from previous days.
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