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Mew Gull, first-winter: Bodega Bay, California, USA - 28th November 2009: Compare with first-year Common Gull.

First-year Mew Gulls have a lovely powdery grey-brown plumage which is in marked contrast to Common Gulls. Here the brownish-grey scapulars contrast little with the wing coverts and body plumage.

The lesser and median coverts are brown centres with dark shaft streaks and pale fringes whilst the greater coverts are pale brownish and solidly marked.

The tertials are darker brown based and paler at the tips with whiter fringes and even darker shaft streaks. The dark brown primaries are long and extend well beyond the tail tip.

There is dark flecking on the forehead becoming more diffuse around the eye. The bill is slender and [a;e based/dark tipped.

Overall the bird looks rather uniform.
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Mew Gull - Larus brachyrhynchus
First-years
Mew Gull, first-winter: Bodega Bay, California, USA - 28th November 2009: Compare with first-year Common Gull.

Note the same observations as in the previous bird however this bird has primary colour that matches the wings and body making for an even more uniform pale sandy grey-brown appearance.
Mew Gull, first-winter: Bodega Bay, California, USA - 28th November 2009: Compare with first-year Common Gull.


Mew Gull, first-winter: Bodega Bay, California, USA - 28th November 2009: Compare with first-year Common Gull.

Looks remarkably long winged.
Mew Gull, first-winter: Bodega Bay, California, USA - 28th November 2009: Compare with first-year Common Gull.

- The outer primaries are rather dark brown and contrast with the paler grey inner primaries which themselves are still dark dipped
- The secondaries are plain darkish brown with pale tips creating a fine trailing edge.
- Greater coverts are pale brown and uniform, paler than the secondaries and pale fringes median coverts.
- Many of the scapulars have been replaced with new grey
- tails is virtually completely dark brown, perhaps the darkest aspect of the plumage, with whitish tips and bases to the inner rectrices.
- The upper-tail coverts are heavily barred