Pink Legged Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- Steven Weir recently sent a reference to 'Illinois Birds' website in which there is a discussion about the occurrence of adult plumaged pink-legged LBBG's. I cannot post the actual info because of copy write issues. This info is from a forum discussion.
The author suggests that 'pink-legged' otherwise adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls are not that unusual, particularly, with 'first adult' plumaged birds.
Typically, both the bills and legs of gulls are in similar sequence. Therefore, the bill should also have some remnant dark markings on or near the gonys spot. Both the pink legs and dark tip on the bill are features of third cycle birds.
Hopefully, we will be able to see this bird again tonight in better light.
The adult bird seen the previous night had paler yellow legs and a similar dark smudge around the eye plus some fainter remnant streaking of winter/basic plumage on the nape and neck.
These are a couple of excellent gull references for those who are interested:
"Gulls of the Americas"- Steve N.G. Howell & Jon Dunn ( Peterson Reference Guides- Houghton & Mifflin)
"Gulls of North America, Europe and Asia" Klaus Malling Olsen & Hans Larsson (Princeton University Press).
Enjoy your birding
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