Baltische Mantelmeeuw | Baltic Gull | Larus fuscus fuscus
Baltische Mantelmeeuw | Baltic Gull | Larus fuscus fuscus
Baltische Mantelmeeuw | Baltic Gull | Larus fuscus fuscus
Baltische Mantelmeeuw | Baltic Gull | Larus fuscus fuscus
4cy Baltic Gull / Larus fuscus fuscus, Westkapelle - sea dike (The Netherlands) on 6 October 2009
Ringcode: J781, ringed as pullus on 27 July 2006 on Nordland (Norway)
Ringed as L.f. fuscus in B Buholmen, Sørhorsvær, Sømna, Nordland(65°18'26"N 011°37'30"E) in the norther part of Norway. Note the very dark black upper-parts with brownish hue, completely white head, a mirror only on p10, etc.. And the key-feature; p1-p10 are all old worn unmounted primaries! The only immature features on this 4cy are on the bill which show some black on the cutting edges, but the tail and under-wing is complete white and in all other respects it look like a adult. This individual looks more larger and more powerfull with bigger head and heavier bill which presumed indicate a male, but note that there's also a lot variation between every individual. The question is if this colony of Lesser Black-backed Gull's from this very northerly location are really pure fuscus/Baltic Gull, or if there is integration with intermedius. With thanks to Visa Rauste for his comments on this bird.
From: Morten Helberg, Thursday 8 October 2009, 14:13

This is from the fuscus fuscus area in Helgeland. As I told in Scotland, I have only seen 1-3 pale birds in this areas, were it breeds ca 600 pairs (Horsvær and Hortavær included). This bird is ringed in the B subcolony, I have never have pale birds there at all. But is only 500 meters to the C colony were I have seen a pale bird, not breeding but shore sitting.

It is very good that you(referring to comment by Visa Rauste) comment that body structure varies, that is my impression as well. I have a few slender birds breeding in southern Norway, for example. But overall of course, fuscus type birds normally are more slender compared to pale birds.

All the best,

Morten Helberg
From: Antonio Gutierrez, Thursday 8 October 2009, 19:27
Hoi Ies,

You can see another Somna ringed gulls in my blog at:
Nice pics.


From: Ies Meulmeester, Thursday 12 November 2009, 15:44
See also the pictures of black J030 which was present on the sea dike on 1 October 2009 and from the same area as this one!

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