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Lesser Black-backs back in the city

Observed: 20th March 2010 By: dw5448
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Single bird on factory roof overlooking the river. One of the first I have seen so far this spring near the city centre

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RoyW's picture

Larus fuscus - but can't tell subspecies!

This is a Lesser Black-backed Gull so I've agreed with the ID. I can't say whether it is subspecies graellsii from this photo though, it could be the darker backed intermedius which is regularly found in the UK during the winter.

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Nominate species

Birds overwinter in Morroco. Many young and breeding adults were ringed in Beccles Suffolk last year.

Colin Jacobs.
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RoyW's picture

Large numbers winter in the UK

Some graellsii Lesser Black-backed Gulls and lots of intermedius race (or intergrades between the two) spend the winter in the UK.
Many of the graellsii that breed here do winter further south though - in Iberia, and north-west & west Africa.

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We have over wintering lesser

We have over wintering lesser Black-backed here. I don't know enough to tell sub-species apart but they definitely over winter on the River Dee marshes and surrounding areas.

Just go out there and do it!!!