On February 22, 2019, I found a possible Azorean Yellow-legged Gull in Peniche (west mainland Portugal). This subspecies is characterized by a well defined hood. Judging by the color of the bill and a slight brownish hue on the coverts, I would say the bird is in its third winter (4th calendar year).
The bird did not allow good photos, particularly in flight, however, here are some photos with some notes
This record will be submitted to the Portuguese Rarities Committee.
He began birding at the age of 11 and has never stopped since. His involvement in bird ringing has developed over the years and he has a special interest in moult in passerines. He currently works as a bird guide in Portugal and Spain and is an environmental consultant.
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