"Nelson's Gull" (Glaucous X Herring hybrid - adult) - Whiting Refinery Beach, Lake County, IN - March, 2013 and Calumet Park, IL - December, 2013

This interesting bird is apparently an adult hybrid btween a Glaucous and Herring Gull. The large size, pale back and flight feathers, and short primary extention are all typical of Glaucous. The winter head streaking and black on the primaries are Herring Gull traits. It appears that this same bird returned to the area for at least a second straight winter.

These photos were taken with a Canon Rebel XSi Digital Camera with a 100-400mm zoom lens.

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Nelson's Gull (adult)

Nelson's Gull (adult)

Nelson's Gull (adult)

Nelson's Gull (adult)

Nelson's Gull (adult)

Nelson's Gull (adult)

Nelson's Gull (adult)