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Herring Gulls have recently returned in reasonable numbers to the area east of Newport, S Wales, after an absence of about 2 months.
Today, I saw 2 gulls, one obviously "bulkier" than the other, walking around each other on a lorry roof, occasionally touching beaks. The action seemed to be initiated by the heavier bird. Is this activity just a form of "greeting" or is it an early stage of mating?