Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fuscus Lesser black back?

In Bray on sunday morning I spotted this slim 1st winter lesser black back amongst the good numbers of large gulls. It stood out, not only because it was my second l.b.b of the spring, (had an adult near college last week) but because of its slim, long-billed, long-winged and long-legged appearance. Getting good views of the bird was no problem with two loaves of Tescos finest and cheapest. The advance moult in the scapulars is also a feature that would point to fuscus, though there was no obvious sign of moult in the primaries.

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