The Scene: Scanning the waves across the street from my beach house, looking at scoters and hoping for alcids.
The Bird: A pale cream gull, soaring by on the wind.
The ID: First cycle gull, with an all dark bill. Glaucous would have more pink on the bill, and be bulkier, as per my new Birds of Europe guide.
The Lifer: Iceland Gull
Merry Christmas and good birding!