Lesser Black-backed Gull (graellsii & intermedius)

(last update: May 17 2015)


LBBG rings

lbbg 1cy May
lbbg 1cy June
lbbg 1cy July
lbbg 1cy August
lbbg 1cy September
lbbg 1cy October
lbbg 1cy November
lbbg 1cy December

lbbg 2cy January
lbbg 2cy February
lbbg 2cy Mar-April
lbbg 2cy May
lbbg 2cy June
lbbg 2cy July
lbbg 2cy August
lbbg 2cy September
lbbg 2cy October
lbbg 2cy Nov - Dec

lbbg 3cy Jan-April
lbbg 3cy May
lbbg 3cy June
lbbg 3cy July
lbbg 3cy August
lbbg 3cy September
lbbg 3cy October
lbbg 3cy Nov - Dec

lbbg sub-ad Jan-April
lbbg sub-ad May
lbbg sub-ad June
lbbg sub-ad July
lbbg sub-ad Aug
lbbg sub-ad Sept
lbbg sub-ad Oct
lbbg sub-ad Nov
lbbg sub-ad Dec

lbbg adult January
lbbg adult February
lbbg adult March
lbbg adult April
lbbg adult May
lbbg adult June
lbbg adult July
lbbg adult August
lbbg adult September
lbbg adult October
lbbg adult Nov - Dec

4 images: LBBG intermedius 3cy J1E7 June 24 2003, IJmuiden, the Netherlands.

A pretty straightforward second summer (3cy) intermedius LBBG, although the upper-part moult is quite advanced (yet still not resembling a 4cy as in some intermedius LBBG). 3cy LBBG normally show a grey saddle formed by mantle and scapulars. Here, many of the lesser coverts are already moulted to adult-like feathers, so the extreme division between second generation coverts and grey saddle is lost. 
The outer primaries are second generation, without tips and no mirror on P10. In the field the inner primaries and secondaries appeared to be second generation as well. Primary moult stage: P1 missing, P2-P10 still old. All secondaries grey-based with a brown hue and a white tip. The tail-feathers are a combination of old second generation and fresh third generation, creating a blocked pattern. R2-R3 were probably moulted this spring, a few months ago.
The innermost greater coverts and the outermost feather were moulted in the partial autumn moult and appear dark grey, but are slightly worn. The other greater coverts are worn feathers, moulted in the complete moult last summer.
The inner and central median coverts are dark grey, relatively fresh, lacking a brown hue. The inner lower lesser and lesser coverts are dark grey as well. The outer median and lower lesser coverts have been shed and the feathers in the carpal edge are bleached brown.
Almost all scapulars are dark grey.
The upper four tertials were moulted in the partial autumn moult, the lower tertials are abraded and brown.
The iris is speckled, the legs are pale yellow and there is a thin bill-band.

CR-Code Blue with white code J1E7 Ringing Centre Stavanger
Ringnumber 4226787 Ringer Runar Jåbekk
Species Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus intermedius)
Sex X  Age Pull Date 11.07.2001
Place Lille Slettingen, Mandal, Vest-Agder, NORWAY Co-ordinates   57.58 N - 07.30 E

14.05.2003 IJmuiden, Noord-Holland, NETHERLANDS                           52.28 N - 04.35 E   Fred Cottaar 
24.06.2003 IJmuiden, Noord-Holland, NETHERLANDS                           52.28 N - 04.35 E   Mars Muusse
Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NETHERLANDS         51.59 N - 04.01 E   Mars Muusse
Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland, NETHERLANDS                            52.20 N - 04.30 E   Hein Verkade
25.11.2003 Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cadiz, SPAIN                              36.46 N - 06.21 W  Harry Vercruijsse
29.05.2004 Gismerøya, Mandal, Vest-Agder, NORWAY                         58.02 N - 07.28 E   Inge Flesjå

(2 images below) LBBG intermedius J1E7 Naaktstrand, Maasvlakte, September 01 2003.

Outer primaries still second generation. In the partial moult on the wintering grounds, some outer secondaries have been included as well. The adult-like secondaries strongly contrast with the older second generation inner secondaries, which are bleached brown.