Saturday, January 12, 2013

White-wingers at Tanholt

Iceland Gull. This bird has been called a second-winter, but I think it may be a third-winter. It appears to have a grey mantle and forewings, and there is a bit of adult-like head streaking. I'd like a closer look...
First-winter (ie juvenile) Glaucous Gull
I Spent a freezing morning at Tanholt pits/dump gulling. After about an hour of not much happening, the Iceland Gull appeared. Next to make an appearance was Jonathan Taylor of the RSPB Nene Washes, who immediately pulled out a first-winter Caspian Gull. A while later we moved to a different part of the complex and immediately found this seemingly female first-winter Glaucous Gull. Later we found a darker, butcher first-winter which looked like a male. Not a bad haul of gulls 15 minutes from home

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