A visit to the port of IJmuiden and the nearby beaches on Sunday September 22 resulted in some nice observations of local gulls as well as some interesting visitors.
Second-calendar year, ringed as a pullus in 2012 in the local gull colony of IJmuiden.
Fifth-calendar year, ringed as a pullus in 2009 in the local gull colony of IJmuiden.
Adult, ringed in the local gull colony of IJmuiden.
Sixth-calendar year, ringed in January 2009 as a 2nd-calendar year at the Pitsea landfill site in Essex, Great-Brtain. Active moult can be seen in the wings and tail.
Lesser Black-backed Gulls
Green Y.ALHJ was one of a few individuals that we initially observed resting on the beach and later on saw resting in the harbour.
Great Black-backed Gulls
I was happy to see that the number of Great Black-backed Gulls are starting to increase again now that the winter is approaching; they are among my favorite species of gulls and their size never ceases to impress me.
Last but certainly not least were two beautiful 1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gulls.