Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis

(last update: October 08 2013)

Delfín González
Gabriel Martín
Antonio Gutierrez
Amir Ben Dov
Mars Muusse

Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 2CY, May 17 2002, Etaples, NW France (50.42N,1.34E).

2CY michahellis (so-called "first summer" / first alternate) with some third generation grey scapulars, which can be found in the lower upper scapulars. They are plain grey with a pronounced dark shaft streak. The head is almost white, but some michahellis may show streaking on the nape and around the eye by May. This individual has shed most of the outer median and lower lesser coverts. The upper tertials have been dropped as well.