Scandinavian Herring Gull White KH89

Scandinavian Herring Gull Larus argentatus argentatus, White KH89, 3rd-calendar year.
Observed in IJmuiden, The Netherlands, October 15, 2011.

Ring info: July 15, 2009, Kandalakshskiy Nature Reserve, Severnoe Lesnichestvo, island Farvaternaya, Russia. Age: pullus

Third-calendar year Scandinavian Herring Gull.

Third-calendar year Scandinavian Herring Gull.

Third-calendar year Scandinavian Herring Gull.

This subspecies can show much less black on the outer primaries, as is the case in this individual. Note how the black is restricted to the outer primary and trailing edge (L-shaped). Also note the ‘Thayeri pattern’ on P9, where the grey tongue joins the mirror (which incidentally is restricted to the inner web). Compare the pattern with the third-calendar year European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus) below.

Third-calendar year Scandinavian Herring Gull.

Third-calendar year Scandinavian Herring Gull.

Third-calendar year Scandinavian Herring Gull.

Comparison: 3rd-calendar year European Herring Gull Larus argentatus argenteus:

European Herring Gull, M[Bruxelles H161237], Westkapelle, The Netherlands, September 21, 2011. Ring info: ringed June 27, 2009, Zeebrugge, Belgium. Age: 1st calendar year.

European Herring Gull, M[Bruxelles H161237], Westkapelle, The Netherlands, September 21, 2011. Ring info: ringed June 27, 2009, Zeebrugge, Belgium. Age: 1st calendar year.

References:

Identification of American Herring Gull in a western European context
Authers: Lonergan, P, and Mullarney, K.
Publication: Dutch Birding 2004 – 26: 1-35
Contains information about Thayeri pattern in European Herring Gulls.

This individual as a 2nd-calendar year, France, February 2010
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This individual as a 2nd-calendar year, The Netherlands, September 2010
(External link)

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