Herring Gull (argentatus & argenteus)

(last update: February 11, 2013)

Herring Gull (argentatus) KW65 3CY, November 18 2014, Terschelling, the Netherlands. Picture: Jacob Jan de Vries.

Bird from N Russia. W65 yellow plastic ring. Ringed as pullus in Murmansk O. Russia (67.05 N 32.29 E).

RING NUMBER Moskwa ES-14 158 plus markers KW65 yellow plastic ring
SPECIES Larus argentatus AGE pull
RINGING DATE 14.06.2012
RINGING PLACE Kandalakshskiy Nature Reserve, Severnoe lesnichestvo, isl. Lunnye, Murmansk O., Russia (67.05 N 32.29 E).
FINDING DATE 18.11.2014
FINDING PLACE Paal 17, North Sea coast of Terschelling Island, Friesland, Netherlands (53.25 N 5.23 E).
FINDING Larus argentatus,
DETAILS sight record colour mark
DISTANCE 2109 km DIRECTION 224 degrees ELAPSED TIME 887 days

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 the argentatus from Finnmark Scandinavia, entering the Netherlands by mid-winter.

Latest acquired scaps show relatively dark grey tone, as can be expected in N Scandinavian birds.