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
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.