2CY Iceland Gull – 20151122

And all of a sudden they have arrived: Iceland Gulls Larus glaucoides in the Netherlands! With 2 individuals reported in Amsterdam today (a first-calendar year and a second-calendar year), while a second-calendar year showed up at my local gull patch at Katwijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, while we were reading rings.

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Rob H. picked it out of the group which consisted mainly of Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls, together with a handful of Common, Great Black-backed, Yellow-legged and Caspian Gulls of various ages and a lingering adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (all the others seem to have finally moved south).

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It spent about an hour preening, sleeping and more preening, long enough for some local bird watchers to join us and admire this nice looking bird.

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Hopefully the Glaucous Gulls will follow soon as well!

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