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Garden Gull

Observed: 2nd December 2010 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

I'm hopeless at identifying gulls but I think this is a Herring Gull because of the three large white spots on the black tail.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Syrphus's picture

This looks all wrong for

This looks all wrong for Herring Gull, and in comparison to the BHG size is right for Common. It also appears to have the dark eye of CG, not the yellow eye of HG.

M.

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jhn7's picture

Very useful, thank you!

Looking at the eye of the Common Gull in my book I can see what you mean. It does look a neater bird. Now I shall be alert for eye colour, size and 'conduct'.

Janet
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Syrphus's picture

There are some objective

There are some objective characters to separate these two gulls - bill and leg colour being easiest. But they are very different in jizz. As Apus mentioned, HG has a fierce look, with a wedge-shaped head and pale eye, while CG has a rounder, kinder face with a dark eye. Look at the ones you have and you will soon recognise them without having to see the legs or bill, just from their jizz.

M.

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