Herring Gull adult 27 Jan
Larus sp.


Photographer

Dick Newell

Date

27th January 02

Location

Milton, Cambs.

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This bird stood out as different from the accompanying adult Herring Gulls. It's small eye, dark colouration, and something about the bill and headshape made one think Caspian Gull. Further examination of the leg colour - greyish pink and P10 (white tip with large white tongue) all seem to confirm the initial suspicion. However, the wings are not particularly long and the bill shape is not typical pontic Caspian. Maybe it is a Caspian Gull, maybe it is from the mixed colonies in Germany or Poland. Maybe it is a taxon from here.
Postscript: Opinion on this bird is mixed between pure Herring Gull and some Caspian influence.


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