Slaty-backed Gull in London?

Potential First for Britain!

This WOW factor adult gull was seen and photographed today by Dominic Mitchell. A little frustratingly he didn’t manage to see the wing pattern – but you just feel it will surely show a full white ‘string of pearls’ – it looks very cool on the ground! I think it has that look of a ‘Pacific Rim’  large Gull doesn’t it. The right structure is all there in the head and body, the bill and leg colours look/sound good and that thick white secondary ‘skirt’ ends  in big white-tipped fluffed up tertials. It’s at the paler end of upperparts as Dominic noted. There is, though, variability in the upperparts tone as hotly discussed in the past. It is likely this will be the main discussion point.

Main thing is, let’s get it seen again, and the primary pattern secured!

For full story and photos go straight here: Nice one Dom!

I can’t quite believe this species featured strongly is last nights Gull talk on ‘what next’. Seems I might have been speaking about something which was already in the country…

The First Western Palearctic record of Slaty-backed Gull was in Lithuania and Latvia in 2008/’ 2009. Superb set of photos of that individual by Chris Gibbins here:


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2 Responses to Slaty-backed Gull in London?

  1. Jeremy Squire says:

    Hi Martin.

    Yet another first for Britain scoop on your website! Nice work.

    Congrats for joining the Swan club too. I had one named after me back in 99 when I was working at Slimbridge.

    See you on Shetland in the Autumn for more banter.


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