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Friday, July 20, 2012

Graelsii/Intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull; Near Adult; Skeppsholm; 20th July 2012

Note here the pale appearance on the upperparts, markedly paler than the surrounding Baltic LBBG. Also noticable was the slightly deeper, heavier bill...

Here in flight on the upperwing there is a marked contrast between the base mid grey tones of the upper wing and the darker primary tips. Notable is the dark primary covert's which tell us this is not a full adult, perhaps in it's fourth year. Thus. this bird is likely to be a wandering non breedier. The tail appears rather worn here also...

A nice shot of the bird on the deck here....

Shots here of a cracking adult Graelsii/Intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull from Skeppsbron today, where two birds were present, the other a 3rd calender bird, see below.
 I would err towards this bird, indeed, also the third calender at the site, as being of the race intermedius, based on the moult on the inner primaries, graellsii often showing more advanced moult. Along with the first calender discussed below and another candidate aldo in the area, it seems there are three or four birds in the area at the momement!

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