Saturday, 5 March 2011

Glaucous Gull in Menai Bridge


Took the kids to Pilipalas today like I always do when Rhian's playing hockey. I went past Penhescyn tip on the way in-case there were any gulls around. There was, one, a Glaucous gull!It looks like a third winter to me what do you guys think? Could it be the first winter bird from Spring 2009 returning?

3 comments:

  1. If that's grey feathering in the mantle Steve? Although difficult to see from some features on this picture, I also think that's it's a third winter. Apparently most 3rd winters have a more adult type bill (with dark markings) the bill isn't the typical black/pink 50/50 bill of 2ndw, but more advanced with minimal black markings on tip. The eye looks pale to me too. Send one this way now :-)

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  2. Yeah Marc there were a lot of light grey adult type feathers on the mantle, a pale eye and the black tip to the bill is fading.It's easier to see on the original photo.

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