We’re experiencing a very mild winter here in The Netherlands, and temperatures just don’t seem to want to drop anywhere near freezing point.
As a result, gulls such as Common Gulls and Black-headed Gulls are still able to find food out on the farmlands and don’t have a need to visit city parks and town centers.
This has a direct impact on my ring-reading because I had to wait until today to see my first ringed Common Gull Larus canus of this winter, whereas in the previous winter I saw my first individual as early as November.
Today’s bird is a 2nd-winter / 3rd-calendar year individual, ringed somewhere in The Netherlands as White E91V (I don’t have the exact details yet). It was part of a large flock of gulls on a wide canal on the south side of the town of Utrecht. The group consisted of mainly Black-headed Gulls Chroicocephalus ridibundus, some Common Gulls, a few Herring Gulls Larus argentatus and one Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans.
With the way the winter is progressing at the moment, I don’t expect to observe many more ringed Common Gulls…