1cy Yellow-Legged Gull and Caspian Gull – 20130810

After having already observed a presumed hybrid Lesser Black-backed Gull x European Herring Gull while checking one of my local gull patches this morning, the next location that I checked presented a first-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis as well as a first-calendar year Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans.

Yellow-legged Gull

1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

Caspian Gull

I was delighted with this observation because Caspian Gulls at this time of year in my local town are pretty rare; they are normally seen during the winter although it has to be said that only a handful of local birders actively follow gulls so many more may go unnoticed.

Note the new greater coverts and lesser covert.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull with 1st-calendar year Lesser Black-backed Gull. Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

1st-calendar year Caspian Gull (right) with 1st-calendar year Lesser Black-backed Gull (left). Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 August 2013.

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