Kumlien's Iceland Gulls Larus glaucoides kumlieni 
March 27th 2009 Choshi Chiba Japan

3 1st winter Kumlien's Iceland Gulls were seen with 5 Thayer's Gulls in one day.


This individual that was first found on February 1st is called "Nigou"  (-means the second bird in this winter).  The same bird on February 3rd.
Update, Apr. 2013 : Presumed the same individual in 2012 (4th winter) seemed better to regard as a intergrade/hybrid with Thayer's Gull. Unfortunately nobody has found this individual in 2013 (5th winter).


The same bird with a Slaty-backed Gull.








This is called "Sangou" (the third bird in this winter).
Update, Apr. 2013:
Presumed the same individual in 2012 (4th winter) seemed better to regard as a intergrade/hybrid with Thayer's Gull.

The "Sangou" behind a Glaucous-winged Gull, with Vega Gulls and Kamchatka Gulls.





 
 

 

After watching two individuals above, this individual suddenly came into the harbor. I briefly thought this was 'Ichigou' (- the first bird in this winter) that  was observed by some other gullers in January. But when I checked photographs later, I realized it was obviously different bird ! So this should be "Yongou" ( the fourth bird in this winter).



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Fortunately I found the "Yongou" again on the seawall located 2km from the site above. It looked very small among Vega and Slaty-backed Gulls.