Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Xmas 'Iceland Gulls'

I finally managed to catch up with the two 'Iceland Gulls' that have been putting in occasional appearances at Beddington. One is a rather typical nominate 2nd-winter bird and the other is a juvenile/first-winter which shows features which appear to be consistent with 'Kumlien's Gull' (from Canada).
Juvenile/first-winter Kumlien's Gull?

An overall greyish, coarsely marked bird with a dark bill, dark washed primaries and a well defined smooth dark tail band.

Dark wash on the outer primaries, increasing in extent from p5-p10, mainly confined to the outer webs, producing a venetian blind effect.
The bird shows an obvious dark tail band, the retrices appearing to be rather uniformly dark with pale tips.

Second-winter Iceland Gull

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