On Ainsdale Beach, Southport
Thanks to John Dempsey for this.
Big Gulls. Some of them are head scratchers. They don’t instantly resolve into an obvious taxon or even a familiar hybrid. This large white-headed gull on Ainsdale Beach, Southport, Merseyside 3 days ago fits that category. I found it intriguing and I admit it has a whiff of some pacific rim taxa about it in the photos. Kind of Vega Gull-ish but lots of reasons why doesn’t fit that taxon. I’m sure there is a simple explanation, I just don’t have it yet.
Thought you might like a look. A photo of the open wing would reveal more interesting data. At the very least it gets me reviewing how ready I am for the rarer stuff, should the opportunity arise…
Chris Batty is more confident that it is a LBB X Herring hybrid- which seems the most likely explanation, though I admit I have not seen one looking quite like this.
See John’s website for couple more photos etc: