Vega Gull Larus vegae
March 12th 2004 Choshi Chiba Japan


Note the typical wing pattern showing 6 black-marked primaries (P10-P5) and 2 mirrors.


A long-billed individual.


6 black-marked primaries (P10-P5)


This individual has 7 black markings (P10-P4) .




A 'taimyrensis' type. Yellowish-toned legs, slimmer general structure, longer wings.


2nd winter Vega Gull.


A very typical 1st winter Vega Gull.


A different 1st winter.




Vega Gull, or Hybrid?
The primaries looked a little paler in the field with narrow pale fringes. The greater/medium coverts show more extensive white. I felt those features might hint Glaucous Gull influences.