Lesser Black-backed Gull (graellsii & intermedius)

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Lesser Black-backed Gull graellsii Y.BWN 1CY hybrid F2, June & August 2015, IJmuiden, the Netherlands.

Continental graellsii from this population are also referred to as 'Dutch intergrade', upperparts between medium grey British graellsii and dark grey Scandinavian intermedius.
Ringed as pullus on June 29 2015, at forteiland, IJmuiden, the Netherlands.

Green YBWN is an offspring of two ringed adults: Lesser Black-backed Gull graellsii YASC and (presumed) hybrid graellsii x michahellis YAHH. This makes YBWN an F2 hybrid (second generation hybrid from michahellis), as is the sister/brother YBWP. If examined into the smallest details, one may find traits that may indicate this michahellis influences (e.g. inherited may be pale on outerwebs of inner primaries), but probably this may also be found in pure graellsii populations: phenotypically YBWN is a graellsii in all respects. Its a gentle bird, probably a female. It will be interesting to measure upperpart grey tone once this bird is in adult plumage.

Two papers have been published on the occurrence of michahellis and its hybrids in this colony:
- Dutch Birding 2004-1 "Yellow-legged Gulls and hybrids breeding at IJmuiden", by Fred Cottaar.
- Dutch Birding 1994-6 "Geelpootmeeuw gepaard met Kleine Mantelmeeuw broedend te IJmuiden", by Fred Cottaar & Kees Verbeek.

Unfortunately, bird was found death while migarting south on October 05 2015 along the Atlantic coast of Algarve, Portugal (halfway Quarteira and Portimao). Cause of death unknown. Recoveries:

Ring
Record
Year
Mm
Dd
Location
Lat
Long
Observer  
YBWN
Geringd
2015
6
29
IJmuiden, Forteiland
NL
52,46
4,58
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
17
IJmuiden, Forteiland
NL
52,46
4,58
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
17
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
José Verbeek-Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
18
IJmuiden, Forteiland
NL
52,46
4,58
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
20
IJmuiden, Forteiland
NL
52,46
4,58
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
24
IJmuiden, Forteiland
NL
52,46
4,58
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
26
IJmuiden, Forteiland
NL
52,46
4,58
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
26
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
27
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
José Verbeek-Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
29
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
José Verbeek-Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
7
30
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
1
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
José Verbeek-Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
2
IJmuiden, strand
NL
52,44
4,55
Maarten van Kleinwee
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
5
IJmuiden, Forteiland
NL
52,46
4,58
José Verbeek-Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
6
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
José Verbeek-Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
7
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
José Verbeek-Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
8
IJmuiden, Forteiland
NL
52,46
4,58
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
8
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
Fred Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
15
IJmuiden, IJmondhaven
NL
52,46
4,57
José Verbeek-Cottaar
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
17
IJmuiden, haven
NL
52,46
4,59
Mars Muusse
YBWN
Gezien
2015
8
19
IJmuiden, Forteiland
NL
52,46
4,58
José Verbeek-Cottaar

below: Lesser Black-backed Gull graellsii Y.BWN 1CY hybrid F2, August 17-18 2015, IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Picture: Mars Muusse.

Local juvenile in pooring rain. Fresh plumage.

below: Lesser Black-backed Gull graellsii Y.BWN 1CY hybrid F2, August 02 2015, IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Picture: Maarten van Kleinwee.

In very fresh plumage there are some tiny white tips to the outer primaries. Such tips may be more common in michahellis than in graellsii.

below: Lesser Black-backed Gull graellsii Y.BWN 1CY hybrid F2, June 29 2015, IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Picture: Maarten van Kleinwee.

When processed while ringed.