Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Intermedius LBBGull? (5th October)

A brief check at Swanvale, Swanpool and Pennance Point after uni.  I did a brief scan through the gulls on Swanpool where I encountered 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  Both very different individuals with striking differences compared to the usual set of features associated with graellsii.  A very dark slender individual (possibly an intermedius) and a much paler bird (sorry no pics), closer in resemblance to Herring Gull proportions.  take a look at the thread (which contains further notes and features). http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=268261  Any opinions welcome.

possible intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull

possible intermedius and the paler LBBGull

Moving on to Pennance Point, I bumped into Dan and did more chatting than birding.  None the less, we still saw a couple Chiffchaffs, 1 Sandwich Tern and a juvenile Stonechat at the golf course.  A Vestal moth was a bonus highlight and as the light gradually faded we did a brief scan of Pennance Point, counting in the region of c.5000 Herring Gulls roosting off Maenporth.

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