Kumlien's Iceland Gull Larus glauoides kumlieni@
Feb.3rd 2009 Choshi Chiba Japan
This 1st winter Kumlien's
Iceland Gull was found on February 1st, at about 600m north from here . I
(Michiaki) came across the same individual on February 3rd
with 4 Thayer's gulls in the same small flock!
Update, Apr. 2013 Presumed the
same individual in 2012 (4th winter) seemed better to regard as
a intergrade/hybrid with
Unfortunately nobody has found this individual in 2013
Note the thin, short legs
compared with the Vega Gull.
After bathing, it showed a
more "textbook" overall appearance of Iceland Gull which includes rounded
head, small bill, short legs and long primaries.
The Kumlien's Iceland Gull with a Thayer's Gull
and 2 Vega Gulls in the foreground.
Kumlien's Iceland Gull, Thayer's Gull, Vega