Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

(last update: July 12, 2015)

Jean-Michel Sauvage (France)
Morten Helberg (Norway)
Nils Helge Lorentzen (Norway)
Mars Muusse (Netherlands)

Great Black-backed Gull 4cy May

Third-summer similar to third-winter, but brown on upperwing-coverts fades, combined with new blackish feathers, creating piebald pattern. White primary tips reduced or lacking. Bill as second-winter, but often with extensive dark yellow behind nail. (Malling Olsen, K. & Larsson, H. 2004  Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America. London: Christopher Helm).

9030gbbg4cy.jpg (62908 bytes)Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 5T9 1cy-5cy, August 2011 - May 2015, Sandy Point - Plum Island, Ipswich, MA. 
7095jp36.jpg (66909 bytes)Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 1JR 4CY-5CY, May 2014 & July 2015, Bullock Harbour, Ireland. Picture: Graham Prole.
7095jp36.jpg (66909 bytes)Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) HA226 4cy, May 16 2016, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.