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(3 images) Yellow-legged Gull (L. michahellis)
20 & October 26 2002, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.
A 1cy Yellow-legged Gull from Italy, ringed left
blue ILZB. Note the extensive moult stage of this individual, compared to the
average 1cy michahellis at Boulogne-sur-Mer. The upper two tertials are
missing, the very tip of the first new tertial is already visible below the
abraded scapular covert. The first two greater coverts have been replaced, #3 is
growing, #4 is missing and #8 has been replaced. The complete median covert row
will be replaced, with already most of the medians moulted. The same applies to
the lesser and lower lesser coverts. The scapulars have been
replaced for second generation feathers, except the lowest row of lower
ILZB was seen again in Boulogne-sur-Mer on
October 26 2002, with the advanced partial moult almost completed. Some
wing-coverts were still growing, but most had been replaced.
Moult score by the end of October: Tertials #1-4 are replaced and fully grown, greater coverts #1-4
are fully grown, #5 is still growing and #8 fully grown. Median coverts #1-10
are fully grown, lower lesser coverts #1-5 are fully grown, #6 is missing, #7-9
are fully grown and the outer lower lesser coverts from #10 outwards are
growing. In the lesser coverts, four feathers are still missing but 70% of the
visible area has been replaced, with still juvenile feathers in the outer tract
(carpal edge). All moulted feathers are second generation now, feathers not
mentioned are still juvenile.
All upper scapulars are second generation, the lower scapulars still have a few
juvenile feathers. All tail-feathers are still juvenile.
At a distance the bill is all dark, but close examination reveals a slightly
paler base at the lower mandible.
The same day, October 26 2002, another 1cy michahellis
from the same ringing project was found at Etaples, 20 km south of Boulogne: IKZH.
(See bottom page).
September 20 2002
September 20 2002
Yellow-legged Gull (L. michahellis)
October 26 2002, a 1cy michahellis from
Italy, ringed blue IKZH, was present at Etaples, NW France. This bird was
pretty advanced in the partial autumn moult as well:
The upper tertials #1-3 are replaced, #4 is missing. Greater coverts #1-5 are
fully grown and #6 is growing. Median coverts #1-5 are fully grown, #6-12 are
growing. Lower lesser coverts #2-8 are fully grown, #9 and #11 are missing. 80%
of the visible lesser coverts have been replaced for second generation feathers
(about 15 feathers). All moulted feathers are
second generation now, feathers not mentioned are still juvenile.
All secondaries and rectrices are still juvenile, all upper and lower scapulars
are second generation feathers. The bill is all dark.
08,18E by S.
08,18E by S.