Good to see Martin Elliot's new blog and interesting to read his latest post on american herring gull. It prompted me to have a look back at a second-winter herring gull that I photographed at Mudbank, back on 16/12/05. I submitted it to the BBRC, rather naively, but was not too surprised to have it 'not proven'. The feature that struck me most at the time was the extensively dark, smoothly- textured underparts, and I still haven't seen another quite like it. Unfortunately my photos were poor and I didn't get good enough images of the upper and undertail regions, or the tail. It was a hefty, robustly built bird that really stood out, but without a full suite of classic features it was never going to go anywhere!