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 Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis

3cy, late-May & early-June 2010, Warwickshire


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Yellow-legged Gull, 3cy, May 2010

Yellow-legged Gull, 3cy, June 2010

Yellow-legged Gull, 3cy, May 2010

Yellow-legged Gull, 3cy, May 2010

Yellow-legged Gull, 3cy, May 2010

Yellow-legged Gull, 3cy, June 2010

A. R. Dean

Note smooth, dark grey mantle and scapulars, with new grey feathers emerging also in median and greater coverts. The innermost primaries and an outer tail-feather have been dropped, signalling the onset of moult into third-winter plumage. Note also: pattern of tertials (with solid blackish base); black tail-band contrasting with clean white base to tail and tail-coverts; dark mottling on underwing; pale 'window' on inner primaries (intermediate in prominence between LBB and Herring Gull); clean white head and underbody; powerful bill and rather flat-topped head-shape; red orbital ring surrounding iris. Bare parts are quite advanced, with strong yellow component in legs and rich yellow bill with red spot developing on gonys but prominent sub-terminal black band retained.

On several dates in May and June, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and the Yellow-legged Gull appeared to forming an association. See lowest image.

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