Gull watching 8 – 9 October 2016

Images from a weekend gull watching at my regular gull sites.

Black-headed Gull White E0TL

Leiden, 8 October 2016.

First sighting this winter of E0TL at his regular location. I last saw it there March 15. Nice to see him back in good health.

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Lesser Black-backed Gull Yellow H501

Leiden, 8 October 2016.

Still present at his stop-over location on his way from Germany to Portugal and still angry at all the gulls around him.

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First-calendar year Herring Gull Black X487

IJmuiden beach, 9 October 2016

Nice visitor from northern Germany.

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Great Black-backed Gull

IJmuiden harbour, 9 October 2016

Showing the other gulls who’s Boss.

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First-calendar year Caspian Gull

IJmuiden harbour, 9 October 2016

Individual with much patterning on the tail coverts.

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2 thoughts on “Gull watching 8 – 9 October 2016

  1. I saw a whole bunch of the little blackhead juves (which makes them whiteheads) at Leiden market last Saturday (along with the odd lbby or herring juv stragglers), quite sweet little birds compared to the regular thugs… Are they en route to somewhere else, or will they hang around for the kibbling?

    In the meantime, my lot of LBBGs have now all b*ggered off to Benidorm (or wherever).. I’m enjoying the quiet, but missing the company and entertainment….

    • Black-headed Gull migration is well underway at the moment but varies per individual. Some of the ones we see in Leiden now are here to stay for the winter while others are just passing through. It can take a few weeks before all regular wintering Black-headed Gulls have arrived here.

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