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Black-headed gulls

Observed: 20th December 2009 By: kcf32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeShropshire Wildlife Trust
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Dothill 20-12-2009 006
Description:

This group of over 75 black-headed gulls passing the time of day.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

DavidHowdon's picture

Common Gull?

I think I can see a Common Gull (Larus canus) amongst them as well. Was there one there?

kcf32's picture

Common Gull?

Thanks for your comment.

I did not notice one "live" nor can I distinguish any from the photograph. There may be a different gull towards the back that is front on, but I cannot say for certain from this photograph, it may just be a trick of the light and picture resolution.

Which one do you think is the common gull?

Keith

DavidHowdon's picture

That one there.

There is a bird towards the left hand side of the picture head on which seems to have lighter legs and less obvious head markings. Hard to be sure from the picture however, could just be a trick.

kcf32's picture

I know it was a silly question

But it had to be asked!!

I do not think that the photograph is of sufficient resolution to tell for certain. When you enlarge the image it blurs badly and whatever colour resolution there was is lost.

I hope you are right. The next timne I am in the area and there is a flock of gulls I will look more intently at the individuals to see if they are a cosmoploitan bunch.

Thanks for your comment.

bobthebirder's picture

gulls

I also had a close look to see if I could find any other species in there, but I have to say I failed. The bird on the left with the pale legs is a first-year black-headed.

Bob Ford

kcf32's picture

gulls

I have returned to the area and had a good look at the gulls that were still hanging around. They were all black-headed gulls.

Keith