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Juvenile Glaucus Gull?

Observed: 24th August 2011 By: Annabell
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Juvenile Glaucus Gull?

Having trouble identifying this gull drinking rainwater from a puddle at Broadstairs in Kent. There were various varieties around but this one stood still long enough to capture.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) interacts


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I should have added that this is a juvenile no matter what gull it is, I'm sure someone with more knowledge will add at what stage in life it is.

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Glaucous Gull would be very unusual at this time of year, as it is a gull of the high arctic which turns up here in very small numbers in winter. It has white/pale wing tips.

This bird is not strictly a juvenile, as it has started to moult into later plumages. It is possibly a bird in its 3rd calendar year.

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Thank you's

to chrisbrooks and orphrys - it's really brilliant to post images to this website and get them confirmed or otherwise. I've had a quick look at your website, Chris, it looks fascinating and I've bookmarked it for later.

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Herring gull

This is very likely to be last year's baby nearly grown up probably coming past it's second winter. It's pink legs are a good give away as is the white belly & head. An immature Glaucous Gull has a much more grey & dappled plumage all over.

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Thanks, RachaelFay.

Thanks, RachaelFay.