What to look for, NOW!

every week we'll highlight what to look for when you're out birding.

This week it's: Glaucous Gull

December is as good a time as any to look for white-winged gulls: northern breeders, which lack black in the wings. There are two species which have very similar plumage, but very different structures. Iceland Gulls are smaller than Herring Gulls with long wings and gentle, almost Common Gull like 'faces'. Glaucous Gulls are massive brutes, approaching Great Black-backed Gull in size, and are shorter winged and longer billed than Iceland Gulls. Most of the birds we see in the UK are juveniles/first-winters, which can be different shades from pale coffee to white, depending on the amount of wear. Glaucous Gull bills are pink with a black tip. The eye is dark (second-winters have pale eyes).

Juvenile Glaucous Gull

Juvenile Glaucous Gull

Adult Glaucous Gull

Adult Glaucous Gull

Images by Alamy

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