Magical Moments 2013 #9
What: juvenile Baltic Gulls, Larus fuscus fuscus
Who: No-one with me, but the gull nerds who engage with this stuff: Chris Gibbins, Ian Lewington, Mark Golley, Richard Millington, Yoav Perlman, Amir Ben Dov, Brett Richards +Brian Small.
Where: Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire
When: late September 2013
Why: As if finding 4 Caspian Gulls in 11 days this far north wasn’t enough :). In with this movement of ‘eastern gulls’ I picked out 2-3 really frosty juvenile Lesser Black back Gulls. Every time I saw one well it had an outstanding character- white feather tracts in the under wing. Whats’ cool is that it has underlined a new hypothesis: This may be a strong/ diagnostic feature of juvenile Baltic Gull. No-ones disagree and while caution is the by word, is caution with optimism. This might really work! To be cont’d…
Video of this bird and more photos showing this ‘feature’ go >>> HERE <<<