Baltic Gulls

Magical Moments 2013 #9

 

1cy Baltic Gull, Ashdod, Israel, 7th October 2011 by Amir Ben Dov. Check out that underwing!

1cy Baltic Gull, Ashdod, Israel, 7th October 2011 by Amir Ben Dov. Check out that underwing!

What: juvenile Baltic Gulls,  Larus fuscus fuscus

Who: No-one with me, but the gull nerds who engage with this stuff:  Chris Gibbins, Ian Lewington, Mark Golley, Richard Millington, Yoav Perlman, Amir Ben Dov, Brett Richards +Brian Small.

Where: Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire

When: late September 2013

Why:  As if finding 4 Caspian Gulls in 11 days this far north wasn’t enough :). In with this movement of ‘eastern gulls’ I picked out 2-3 really frosty juvenile Lesser Black back Gulls. Every time I saw one well it had an outstanding character- white feather tracts in the under wing. Whats’ cool is that it has underlined a new hypothesis: This may be a strong/ diagnostic feature of juvenile Baltic Gull. No-ones disagree and while caution is the by word, is caution with optimism. This might really work! To be cont’d…

Juvenile Gull showing characters of some Baltic Gulls, Flamborugh, 21st Sept. 2013. Martin Garner. Careful watching of this individual revealed white feather tracts in underwing. These types are rare but regular in east England in late summer/ autumn and unlike hundred of checked graellsii and intermedius type, the white underwing panels are there, when they look like this.

Juvenile Gull showing characters of some Baltic Gulls, Flamborugh, 21st Sept. 2013. Martin Garner. Careful watching of this individual revealed white feather tracts in underwing. These types are rare but regular in east England in late summer/ autumn and unlike hundred of checked graellsii and intermedius type, the white underwing panels are there, when they look like this.

 

Video of this bird and more photos showing this ‘feature’ go >>> HERE <<<

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