With the recent stunning/ gripping/Oh flip why can’t I find one… adult Slaty-backed Gull found by Derek Charles and Majella Callaghan Killybegs in co Donegal the question goes:
How to identify young birds as surly they are at least as likely to occur.
Thanks to Julian Hough we posted about a candidate first winter Slaty-backed gull in Connecticut, USA a couple of years ago. Well a paper just out gives that bird a thumbs up as good looking Slaty. So here’s that bird again. Story and more photos on Julian’s website
The 9000 word paper!! is entitled
Vagrancy and Identification of first-cycle Slaty-backed Gull
and can found in the Nov/ Dec 2014 edition of the ABA’s ‘Birding’ magazine.