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
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?
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?
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
Adult 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
Fast track Update