2CY Herring Gull Black JL529 – 20140327

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

This 2nd-calendar year Herring Gull Larus argentatus fitted with a Norwegian ring showed itself beautifully today in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Gulls with Norwegian rings are rare in my local town: this is only my third individual in 5 years here and the first Herring Gull (the other 2 were a first-calendar year Lesser Black-backed Gull in 2009 and a first-winter Common Gull spending the winter of 2012/2013 here).

I have actually come across this individual before: on January 25 I observed it at the beach of Katwijk aan Zee, some 9 kilometers from where I saw it today and a location where gulls from Scandinavia are a common sight.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

27 March 2014, Leiden, the Netherlands.

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