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Yellow-Legged Gull? Stuttgart, Germany, 2/22 (1 Viewer)

Lanugoh

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Germany
Hi!
Can anyone confirm Yellow-Legged Gull?
Thanks in advance!
 

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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello,
I agree with you it looks like an adult YLG for me, too. The other possible contender imo its an adult LBBG, but this should have darker wings with less contrast to black wing-tip in many and more black bajonnett on p6, always?)
Your pictures highlights a problem quite well. Shade and darkness value of mantle looks like a normal YLG looks like directly hit by warm (and coming from an flat angle) morning or evening light. This enhances darkness value and shifts it towards darker hues. This is most evident=serious problem in YLG and Common Gull (I havent found a reason, maybe others can?).
Yes, complete band on p5 is slightly narrower than an 100% YLG= its easy to find one with a broader one. But your YLG is easy within variation.

(And yes, Stuttgart is in the SW corner of Germany, where I (still) use a lazy approach when identifying YLG. Err, I promise to change this, as I know the experts read here too)
 

lou salomon

the birdonist
sure a YLG, probably one of the local adults although I don't recognize this individual instantly, with its almost all white p10 tip.
black extensions rather than bayonetts, Alexander, but they are quite variable in both taxa (present or not etc.), on average the passing LBBG here (intermedius) have considerably more black in wingtip than this and an all white p10 tip is rather to be expected in graellsii, but still uncommon.
 

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