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An "Arctic Canadian" Gull in Iceland

And the story goes on at Hafnarfj÷r­ur (SW-Iceland)... it started in January 2004 with this bird. And now, two years later we have a similar bird except that it is now in adult plumage. Same bird? Who knows, but still an interesting one. Below is a series of photos taken on 8 April 2006.

Many features point towards an adult Thayer's Gull Larus thayeri, e.g. the extent of black in the primaries (not dark grey as some Kumlien's Gulls can show), a slightly darker colour of the back and wing (compared with glaucoides) and slightly darker eyes (although not very dark). However its small size reminds more of a typical jizz of Iceland Gull L. glaucoides, but according to some litterature Thayer's Gulls overlap in size with Iceland Gulls.

Comments are greatly appreciated, yannk@hi.is . Thanks in advance !

- YK 08/04/2006

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Unidentified gull Larus sp.
Hafnarfj÷r­ur (SW)
8 April 2006

© Yann Kolbeinsson

Unidentified gull Larus sp.
Hafnarfj÷r­ur (SW)
8 April 2006

© Yann Kolbeinsson

Unidentified gull Larus sp.
Hafnarfj÷r­ur (SW)
8 April 2006

© Yann Kolbeinsson

Unidentified gull Larus sp.
Hafnarfj÷r­ur (SW)
8 April 2006

© Yann Kolbeinsson

Unidentified gull Larus sp.
Hafnarfj÷r­ur (SW)
8 April 2006

© Yann Kolbeinsson