Herring Gull (argentatus & argenteus)

(last update: February 11, 2013)

Herring Gull (argentatus) KF03 2cy, February 01 2011, Scheveningenthe Netherlands.

It hatched last summer along the coast of the White Sea in the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve (67.05N,32.29E), Murmansk District, Russia in a project of Vitaly Bianki.
Ringed plastic white KF03 and metal ring RUM Moskwa ES13685 as pullus on June 25 2010 at Farvaternaya Island - Severnoe lesnichestvo, Kandalaksha Bay, probably female.

From this region, Kleinschmidt describes a large, very long-winged Larus argentatus major breeding from the SE Baltic towards the White Sea. It's a pale grey mantled and partly yellow-footed Herring Gull in adult plumage. The juvenile and 2cy plumage are not described. However, this bird strongly resembles argentatus from Finnmark Scandinavia, entering the Netherlands by mid-winter.