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by richard lowe
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Unusual 3cy 'white-winged' gull - 'Viking'?
Replies: 1
Views: 755

Unusual 3cy 'white-winged' gull - 'Viking'?

This odd looking presumed 3cy 'white-winged' gull was videod at Cotham Tip, near Newark, Nottinghamshire, England on 3rd February 2017. In flight it looked like an Iceland-type, with evenly pale primaries and no strong contrasts in the plumage. On the ground it was small-to-average Herring Gull in s...
by richard lowe
Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Lesser Black-backed Gull
Topic: Juvenile LBB / Herring Gull with white wing-bars.
Replies: 1
Views: 7813

Juvenile LBB / Herring Gull with white wing-bars.

This striking looking bird was videod at Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire, England on 24/08/2016. See attached video-grabs. White sub-terminal areas on the primaries and wing coverts form neat symmetrical wing-bars which are truly eye-catching! The extreme feather tips are black. Also the undersi...
by richard lowe
Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Presumed Baltic Gull 2cy at Albert Village Lake, Leics, England.
Replies: 2
Views: 1510

Re: Presumed Baltic Gull 2cy at Albert Village Lake, Leics, England.

Thank you Mars for your thorough response. The iris was indeed pale and I can see now that this is probably more likely to be a 3cy intermedius, as you suggest. The 'pied' appearance was worrying me at first but there are pics of similar birds on the web, albeit maybe not 'typical' for fuscus in Jul...
by richard lowe
Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Presumed Baltic Gull 2cy at Albert Village Lake, Leics, England.
Replies: 2
Views: 1510

Presumed Baltic Gull 2cy at Albert Village Lake, Leics, England.

This presumed 2cy Baltic Gull was videod at Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire, England on 4th July 2016. The visible primaries (p3 to p10), secondaries and tail all appear to be fresh second-generation feathers. Primaries p1 and p2 are missing. This bird appeared small and slim in comparison to th...
by richard lowe
Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: White-winged Species
Topic: Glaucous Gull - Adult or 4th winter(5cy)?
Replies: 2
Views: 6670

Re: Glaucous Gull - Adult or 4th winter(5cy)?

Many thanks Mars - concise and informative as ever.
Regards, Richard.
by richard lowe
Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Other taxa & hybrids
Topic: Hybrid Ring-billed Gull / Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Replies: 0
Views: 11605

Hybrid Ring-billed Gull / Lesser Black-backed Gull.

This interesting bird was present at Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire, England on 24th February 2016. It (or a very similar bird) has been present intermittently in the midlands since Feb 2012, when it was first seen at Priorslee Lake, Shropshire and tentatively identified as a Ring-billed / LBB ...
by richard lowe
Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: White-winged Species
Topic: Glaucous Gull - Adult or 4th winter(5cy)?
Replies: 2
Views: 6670

Glaucous Gull - Adult or 4th winter(5cy)?

This adult-type Glaucous Gull was present at Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire, England on 21st January 2016. There are no visible immature feathers but the bill is pink-tinged with a dark subterminal mark. Is this an 'adult' with sub-adult-type bill or a 4th winter with adult-type plumage? (See a...
by richard lowe
Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Unusual scapulars in 1cy Herring Gull.
Replies: 1
Views: 811

Unusual scapulars in 1cy Herring Gull.

This odd looking presumed 1cy Herring Gull was videod at Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire, England on 4th September 2015. The complete set of scapulars on the bird's right side is pale grey with very slightly darker internal marking on some of the upper feathers. The appearance is startling! How ...
by richard lowe
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: probable adult Baltic Gull (larus fuscus fuscus)
Replies: 2
Views: 1099

Re: probable adult Baltic Gull (larus fuscus fuscus)

Many thanks Mars - concise and informative as always. What are the Forum's / GRO's views on whether an unringed adult 'Baltic Gull' (L.f.fuscus) showing all the 'fuscus' features (but also including P10 projecting beyond P9 on the closed wing and no primary moult as well as 'classic' structure and p...
by richard lowe
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: probable adult Baltic Gull (larus fuscus fuscus)
Replies: 2
Views: 1099

probable adult Baltic Gull (larus fuscus fuscus)

This stunning adult fuscus-type was at Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire, U.K. on 16th October 2014. The smallish size (relative to adjacent LBB's graellsii/intermedius), black upperparts with a 'mahogany' tinge, clean white head and underparts, very long primary projection, slim build and dainty ...