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Gull at Barden

Observed: 29th October 2013 By: davidcareyhadlowdavidcareyhadlow’s reputation in Birdsdavidcareyhadlow’s reputation in Birds
IMG_3662 Gull Barden 29 10 2013 c12
IMG_3664 Gull Barden 29 10 2013 c12
IMG_3668 Gull Barden 29 10 2013 c12
Description:

Is this a typical Herring Gull?

Identifications
Species interactions

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ophrys's picture

Ssp

Personally, I would not worry about the subspecies unless it was clearly one or the other. Many argenteus approach Scandinavian argentatus in size and colour, but some argentatus are noticeably larger and darker on the mantle and easily assignable to that subspecies. With no other bird to compare this one to, it all becomes a bit subjective. I suspect you are right with argenteus, but I don't think you would easily prove it.

Ian
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davidcareyhadlow's picture

Herring Gull

Thanks Ian,

Gull ID is a bit of a minefield isn't it. I was surprised to see rather little dark streaking on the head and nape for an October bird, and an odd leg colour (not in the photos) got me a bit excited initially, but it doesn't really seem to fit anything else either!

David

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Gulls

Some larophiles devote hour upon hour to them and become obsessed. I gave it a go for a while, but life is too short! The following site is useful for comparison...

http://www.gull-research.org/hg/HG1CY07.htm

Ian
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bobthebirder's picture

Gull

I suspect this is a third winter bird, on the bill colour. In flight it might show some brown on the wings, or it might not.

Bob Ford

davidcareyhadlow's picture

Gull

Many thanks Bob - very interesting!

David