California Gulls

California Gulls Larus californicus

A 1st summer bird actively moulting primaries and tail was briefly present at a high tide roost near the fishing port of Stellendam on 26th July 2012. California Gull has never been reported for the North Sea area before. The most likely scenario is that this gull arrived in Europe during the previous winter when masses of gulls and skua’s were pushed towards East Atlantic coasts during continuous storms.

California Gull Larus californicus 26072012 2612 Stellendam, The Netherlands c Norman Deans van Swelm

California Gull Larus californicus 26072012 2612 Stellendam,
 The Netherlands c Norman Deans van Swelm

California Gull Larus californicus 2CY 26072012 Stellendam, The Netherlands c Norman Deans van Swelm

California Gull Larus californicus 2CY 26072012 Stellendam,

The Netherlands c Norman Deans van Swelm

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