Herring Gull - Zilvermeeuw (argentatus & argenteus)
(last update: 21 februari 2004)
Herring Gull AAAA adult (argenteus), May 03 2003, Voorhaven, Zeebrugge, Belgium (51.59N 04.02E).
An individual from the Belgian colour-ring program, probably ringed as adult on the nest, the first code in the colour-ring scheme in 1999. The orbital ring is yellow-orange, as is commonly found in western argenteus.
From June (often mid-May in France, Belgium and
the Netherlands) to October, a complete moult will bring birds in
so-called "adult winter" plumage. A new set of primaries will
grow during the summer months and by late November, the average argenteus in the Netherlands and northern
France has completely moulted all primaries. At the same time, the wing-covert moult is completed by the end
of the month.