Thursday 8 January 2015

Kumlien's Gull

Since my last blog I have been to Lerwick looking for white winged gulls. Having seen distant Glaucous gulls, and a close Iceland I wanted to try and get closer photos. I arrived the other day to find Hugh Harrop throwing bread out to a group of gulls, one of which was a Kumlien's Gull
This gull looking similar to an Iceland at first glance, but was quite large and had the characteristic shadowing on the outer web primaries and in particular  the tongues (Hugh Harrop)
Kumlien's Gull originate from the Baffin island to NW Quebec region and normally winters in North America. Kumlien's Gull are highly  variable with hardly any two birds alike.

Last year a few Kumlien's turned up with a record number of Iceland Gulls

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