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Images of first-calendar year European Herring Gull Larus argentatus argenteus, seen in Leiden, the Netherlands 23 December 2014.

It was ringed in June 2014 in one of the gull colonies of Rotterdam Europoort, the Netherlands.

I actually observed this bird 10 days previous while it was feeding on ensis on the beach of Noordwijk, not far from Leiden. Strong winds over the last couple of days have blown many gulls inland or they have sought shelter here for the windy conditions.

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