Mew Gull Larus canus canus; heinei; kamtschatschensis; brachyrhynchus

(last update: March 12, 2012)

Kjeld Tommy Pedersen (Denmark)
Chris Gibbins (Scotland)
Frank Majoor (Netherlands)
Mars Muusse (Netherlands)

Mew Gull brachyrhynchus 2nd cycle (3CY), January 03 2012, Seattle, WA. Picture: Amar Ayyash.

Brown in coverts, dark tertial centres and much black on primary coverts in the open wing. Still much black in tail and much black in outerhand, only small mirror on P10. Small white tips on outer primaries. The size of the p10 mirror does seem just a bit smaller than some of the other 2nd cycle types, but sure within range. The wingtip (and tail pattern) on this bird is not very different than plate 22A.27 in Howell & Dunn.