Monday, 18 January 2016

A few gulls

Here's a few things that caught my eye today
 First-winter Caspian Gull- a new bird
 Presumably a Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid
 3rd/4th winter bird- same as above (pic 2) 
Presumably a Herring Gull from up north somewhere- pale tips to the primaries and frosty marbled coverts and rather washed out tertials. Some strange stuff can be coming from various populations from the north from places like Iceland, northern Europe and especially some strange goings on around the Baltic. 
 A juvenile gull with retarded scapular moult- almost a Lesser Black backed look to the coverts but tertials notched. The retarded moult suggests something from up north.
 Something else, big, with retarded moult and a pallidness to it- presumably from up there.
Didn't really know what to conclude on this


Steve Gale said...

Just lump the feckers and have done with it...

Peter Alfrey said...

don't worry Steve gull season will be over soon and the Wheatear posts will start!

Arjun Dutta said...

At school we were asked to make a campaign leaflet, and I had no other topics than this.
Was determined to try and get it on display at Wilsons school and it worked!
Also convinced the school to put bird feeders up at the front, after photographing an odd sparrow which turned out to be a Tree Sparrow!

Peter Alfrey said...

Great to hear!