Today’s Gulls in Sheffield

30th November 2012

Ol’ Andy Deighton set the ball rolling t’other day. He found a loverly adult Caspian Gull. The new ‘spot’ for loafing is on waste ground in the middle of the former industrial heartland. You have to negotiate looking through metal fencing or (for short- arsed me) stand tiptoe on nearby wall. But its worth it.

This afternoon amoung the argies’ (argentatus) of all ages – some no doubt from Varanger, a few highlights could be found:

Adult Caspian Gull

Caspian Gull adult Neepsend 30.11.12Adult Caspian Gull, Neepsend, Sheffield, 30.11.12. This bird also had nice long white tongue on p10 and just looked gorgeous. A wee video of the same bird having a good burp:

2nd winter Caspian Gull

All the plumage is bang -on including little pale mirror on p10. It just looks incredibly short-legged. The belly feathering is somewhat droopy-looking. Any challenges on the ID?

Caspian Gull 2cy c Sheffield 30.11.12

Caspian Gull 2cy Sheffield 30.11.122nd winter Caspian Gull, Neepsend, Sheffield, 30.11.12.

1st winter Yellow-legged Gull

I think these are still largely overlooked, inland, in the UK, in winter… Can you see why it is one?

Yellow-legged Gull michahellis b 1cy Neepsend 30.11.121st winter Yellow-legged Gull, Neepsend, Sheffield, 30.11.12.

update 2.12.12. As some folk questioned the identity of the 1st winter michahelis above, here a video of the same bird. 3 more showing various aspects of the bird on the same channel on YouTube


JNA5 Lesser Black-backed Gull

LBB  Gullb JNA5 Neepsend 30.11.12Adult intermedius LBB Gull. This guy’s an old friend.  Now over 13 years old, hatched in southern Norway in 1999. Read more about him/her here

Juvenile Great Black-backed Gull – JX261

GBB Gull juv 1Juvenile GBB Gull ring number JX261 photographed at Neepsend, Sheffield on 3oth Nov. 2012, but from where?…

Fast track Update

Thanks to very swift response from Morten Helberg (also a collaborator on the Arctic Gullfest) we know this juv. GBB Gull was ringed on 6th August 2012 and has traveled 2206 km to reach urban Sheffield. See Morten’s comments below.  It was ringed here. Scroll back on the map to see where it is. Very cool.

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5 Responses to Today’s Gulls in Sheffield

  1. Nice replaced coverts on the 1cy YLG, just wish you could get views like this of gulls in York!

  2. I ringed JX261 at Loppa Island (70°21’13″N 021°24’45″E) 6. august, he had winglenght 407 mms and body mass 1510 grams, so he could probably fly, had just not learned it yet 🙂 The metal ring is Stavanger 3034931, distance 2206 km. Great!

  3. Hi Martin. I’ve got a nice adult Caspian and up to 3 superb adult YLgulls on my local patch at Staunton Harold Reservoir. The Caspo has been present on and off now since 3rd Nov and at least 2 of the three Yellow-legged Gulls for three or four months now!
    Tony Davison

  4. Theo Muusse says:

    The dark and short-legged bird is not very convincing.
    Poland I guess.

    Theo Muusse
    Do you ever see ringed birds in England?

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