glaucoides - kumlieni
(last update: January 26, 2012)
Age adult winter.
Primary scoring difficult. Probably, primary category: Stage 0, unmarked white wingtip. (see: primary patterns for explanation). Within the classification, about 4% of Kumlien's Gulls in New Foundland fall into this category.
One may argue this iris is slightly clouded ("banana yellow rather than lemon yellow"). Yellow iris without obvious speckling. Class 1: yellow iris, 0% > 1% speckling. (see chart).
Note: Hans Larsson presents many images on this site, all birds photographed late February - early March in Iceland. Identification on sub-species level is tentative in these birds, as both Canadian kumlieni and nominate glaucoides (bulk of the birds of course) may be expected late winter. On location, most birds will belong to pale glaucoides, (and most are readily identified as such, showing very pale to white plumage), but in the spectrum, the exact line between dark glaucoides and pale kumlieni is still subject of debate and birds in this overlapping zone may probably best left unidentified at time present.