|49G on the River Adur on 11 March 2012|
|48G on the River Adur on 17 March 2012|
|JH350 on the River Adur on 18 March 2012|
As 48G and 49G are consecutively numbered it is no suprise to discover that they were ringed together from the same nest (on a building in Fécamp, Seine-Maritime, Normandie). Looking at their bulk it is also no surprise that they are sister and brother. They were hatched on 19/05/10 making them in their second-winter (3CY) too, so despite appearances all three birds are the same age. JH350 is more faded than the French birds but might have been further south to winter under a brighter sun?
It is usually first and second-winter Greater Black-backed Gulls that I find can look similar. 49G particularly makes me realise that some second and third-winters are not straight-forward to age either.
49G was hatched at Fécamp, Seine-Maritime, Normandie on 19/05/10, ringed there on 17/06/10 and seen on 22/09/10 at Le Havre, on 05/05/11 back at Fecamp and on 21/06/11 at Saint Aubin-sur-Mer (48G was also seen here on this date).
48G was hatched at Fécamp, Seine-Maritime, Normandie on 19/05/10, ringed there on 17/06/10 and seen on 23/05/11 at Veules-les-Roses, on 26/05/11 and 21/06/11 at Saint Aubin-sur-Mer, on 27/06/11 back at Veules-les-Roses and on 06/07/11 at Saint Aubin-sur-Mer again. All French locations are in Seine-Maritime.