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This 2nd-basic nominate Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis michahellis) was photographed by Martin Reid at Milton Landfill near Cambridge, England on March 10, 1999. Dick Newell picked out this bird and pointed out the very white head (for a 2nd-Basic), shortish thick bill, scattering of contrasty blackish wing coverts, semi-isolated "thumbprint" at the tip of the tertails, and mantle gray darker than argenteus (seen in direct comparison but not able to photograph it). Dick tells me that this bird is a classic 2nd-winter northern nominate michahellis:

- in the field the legs seemed to already be getting a yellowish tinge

- note the changes in head shape across these photos:

- here with LBBGs which are probably "Dutch Intergrades" (graellsii x intermedius) or full intermedius; compare the michahellis mantle shade with the Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) bottom-left: