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Gray-hooded Gull

Note the pale gray head with a darker edge along the nape and a paler crown and forehead. Also note the pale yellow iris.


This gull has been hanging around the beach at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY, since at least July 24, and possibly longer. The Coney Island bird is only the second Gray-hooded Gull found in the United States. The species usually occurs in South America and southern Africa.

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Taken on August 2, 2011