Juvenile michs and cachs are aboot!
Went walking around Orgreave lagoons, Sheffield this morning. I had a specific target in mind. Several Juvenile Caspian Gulls have been seen in recent days including one in Lancashire. No Caspian for me though at Orgreave.
However a fine juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (and possibly a second bird, poorly seen), made the rain more bearable. What struck me straight off, as it has before, was the combination of somewhat whiter head and underparts than the nearby juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and that warm, almost rusty tone to the upperparts feathers you find on some michahellis. Further scrutiny and it ticked all the finer plumage and structural boxes which I won’t go into now! T’was too far away to photograph, so here’s a similar looking juvenile I had two years ago – also in South Yorkshire.
Bet there are a few juvenile Caspian Gulls wandering around the UK right now, waiting to be encountered.
Below: juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, Potteric Carr, South Yorkshire. 18th July 2008