American Herring Gull (smithsonianus)
(last update: October 30, 2015)
American Herring Gull (smithsonianus) R47 January 2013 & September 2015, Hampton Beach, NH. Picture: Jon Worthen, Robbie & Colleen Prieto.
See website: The Gulls Of Appledore. R47 was banded as a chick on July 17 2012 on Appledore.
below: American Herring Gull (smithsonianus) R47 sub-adult (4CY), September 13 2015, Hampton beach, NH. Picture: Robbie & Colleen Prieto.
Please visit Robbie's & Colleen's Flick photos for more pictures. Even from this angle it is possible to tell the sub-adult age: some brown feathers still visible in the carpal edge.
below: American Herring Gull (smithsonianus) R47 1st cycle (2CY), January 26 2013, Hampton Beach, NH. Picture: Jon Worthen.Now in 2nd calendar year (2CY). Since then, he or she has been seen a total of 4 times – twice on Appledore Island in July and August, and twice by Jon Worthen on Hampton Beach, NH in September of 2012 and January 26th. Bill Clark says about the photo, “the eye is bright and the gull looks healthy”.
Note bi-coloured bill where black runs back along the culmen. Almost all scapulars replaced (hard to see from this angle) but rear feathers still look juvenile.