Monday, 2 March 2009
WHITE-WINGERS MOVE IN
Two different first-year ICELAND GULLS, both initially discovered on the Landfill on 1st and photographed above (Tim Watts), roosted on the Sailing Lake amongst 10,000 large white-headed gulls on 2nd. There was also this very interesting bird below (bottom two images), considered by many to be a juvenile GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, and an individual which has ranged widely throughout the South East (I first saw it with Chris Heard at Queen Mother Reservoir in Berkshire) (LGRE, Warren Claydon). In my opinion, it is a hybrid gull of Northwestern origin, perhaps with some smithsonianus genes.