2. The latest bird, photo taken on 13th May. A full breasted bird, overall white in tone, limited 'ghost' tail band and complete primaries on left and right wing (have to believe me about the left wing).
3. Same bird as above (plate 2), 13th May.
4. 1st summer Iceland Gull from 18th April. Some grey feathering on the mantle.
5. 1st summer Iceland Gull, 18th April, showing missing primary on left wing and also a fairly obvious tail band.
As of yesterday there was still an Iceland Gull present on the farm- the first May record and still hanging around. Been trying to work out how many different Iceland Gulls I saw on the farm this winter. I am puzzled as to whether a cream bird in December can fade to a white bird in April. I think the April and May bird are different (April bird had a missing primary on left wing, grey mantle feathering and a noticeable tail band)- structurally they appeared different too.