Thayer’s gull, first ever in the Netherlands

This video from Ireland is called Juvenile Thayer’s Gull at Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh – 3rd February 2012. Also in this video: an adult herring gull, and (smaller) black-headed gulls in winter plumage.

Translated from Dutch Birding:

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Last weekend for the first time ever a Thayer’s gull was seen in the Netherlands. Birder Leon Edelaar discovered the bird on the coast of Egmond aan Zee where it sat among other gulls. Birdwatchers from the Netherlands and abroad meanwhile flocked to see the special gull too.

According to photos, this is a young gull.

Thayer’s gulls nest in the high Arctic of Canada, and usually winter along the west coast of North America; very rarely in western Europe.

North America: The western gull may seem common, but because these gulls hybridize frequently with galucous-winged gulls, there are areas of their range where hybrids outnumber the population of pure-blooded birds. At one time the yellow-legged gull was also lumped with the western gull as a single species. Birders who know how to distinguish these gulls, however, will be thrilled to add such a distinctive, elegant bird to their life lists: here.


21 thoughts on “Thayer’s gull, first ever in the Netherlands

  1. Pingback: Gull-billed terns near Barcelona | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: First ever northern waterthrush in the Netherlands | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Mediterranean gulls in the Netherlands | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Portuguese birds, new Internet site | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Good black-winged stilt news | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Rottumerplaat desert island birds, wardens’ report | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: 29-year-old herring gull in Leiden city | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Euro Birdwatch 2015, Dutch Top Ten | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Many birds at Dutch Balgzand | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Black-headed gull facts | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Ice skating on street, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Common loon in Dutch The Hague city center | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: Black-legged kittiwakes bathing, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Avocet and teal, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Many avocets, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: Cat kills rare dusky thrush | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: Goldcrests and eagle of the Baltic Sea | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: Brent geese drinking, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: Gulls and rock pipit video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: Ross’s gull video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: Rare ring-necked duck in the Netherlands | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.