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Herring Gulls - 1st Year Juveniles

Observed: 28th September 2012 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in BirdsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in BirdsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in BirdsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

Two of many individuals around St Ives Harbour. Some second-season juveniles, but almost no fully-fledged adults.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) interacts

Comments

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I agree, these are all first year birds. To be pedantic the term juvenile should only be used for the very dark plumage herring gulls show when they first leave the nest. The lower bird has still got some of these feathers on its mantle but the middle one looks to have completely lost them, so has gained its first winter plumage. You can't describe a bird as "a second-season juvenile" as no juvenile feathers will ever last that long.

Bob Ford