Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Name that gull 2 ...

Can you name and age this gull? Answers welcome in the Comments box below.
After my last mystery gull post drew a unanimous response with the correct answer (but see my comment below under 'Name that gull ...'), it's clearly time for another test of larophile wits. Have a go at the above bird, which I photographed in western Europe last year - can you name the species and age the bird? All answers welcome, so please feel free to comment.


  1. Dom, my guess is a 2nd year YLG ?

  2. Here goes then, 2w Yellow-legged Gull ?

  3. Thanks for the comments - indeed a Yellow-legged Gull, but photographed on Madeira in May last year, so not typical michahellis but edging into atlantis territory. The debate between second- and third-calendar year is maybe not so straightforward in this bird, but a number of features (e.g. pale bill base, grey emerging in wing coverts etc) suggest it is two years old.



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