This week’s photo, taken November 4, 2015 from the Edmonds Pier in Edmonds, WA, features a BONAPARTE’S GULL, the smallest regularly appearing gull in the Puget Sound.
It’s funny how we can struggle to separate a bird from similar looking species in the same family, then one day we have a blinding flash of the obvious. For me, with BONAPARTE’S GULLS, it was a blinding white flash. At first, I had a difficult time identifying “Bonies” from a distance, especially if they were mixed in with other gulls. Now I look for the white on the leading edge of the outer wing; it’s amazing how noticeable that wedge of white is, even from a great distance.
Why didn’t I notice the white flashes before? Because I wasn’t looking for them; that’s why.
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