Glaucous Gull at Ferrybridge

Tuesday, 14th January 2014

Today I finally caught up with a Glaucous Gull for this winter, found at Ferrybridge, Portland this morning by Sean.

Glaucous Gull - Ferrybridge, Portland - 14th January 2014

appearing very dark against the light

The strongly patterned scapulars, tertials and under tail coverts, along with the dark eye would suggest this is a second calendar-year / first winter bird. The pale tip to the bill one would expect to find on an older bird has not yet developed.

The small eye, and 'pig-like expression', and primaries that are paler than the remainder of the upperparts are characteristic of the species - as of course is the slanting-brow head shape and the 'heavy weight' of the bird.

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