American Herring Gull (smithsonianus)

(last update: October 30, 2015)

Amar Ayyash (US)
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American Herring Gull (smithsonianus) H99 4CY & 7CY, August 2010 & January 2013, NH. Picture: Jon Worthen & Lauren Kras.

See websites: Lauren's Flickr photostream & The Gulls Of Appledore

Green H99 was banded as a chick on July 10 2007 on Appledore near the swimming hole. H99 spent much of his or her youth at Jenness Beach in Rye, NH, and was spotted there in July and September of 2008, October of 2009, and August of 2010. H99 returned to Appledore in May of 2012, and is overwintering at Hampton Beach.

below: American Herring Gull (smithsonianus) H99 4CY, August 04 2010, Jenness Beach, NH. Picture: Lauren Kras.

Obvious dark centres on secondaries and much dark in tail.

below: American Herring Gull (smithsonianus) H99 7CY, January 26 2013, Hampton Beach, NH. Picture: Jon Worthen.

Note extensive black in bill, suggesting immaturity (it is known 'pure' adults may develop some black on the bill in winter - and even vestiges of black in breeding plumage-, but quite a lot in this wintering bird).