This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Kumlien's Gull

Took the day off work today in the hope of getting to grips with a probable Kumlien's that had been reported from Abbotsbury Swannery and nearby West Bexington in the preceding days. I popped into Abbotsbury Swannery first off and saw an adult Glaucous Gull flying above the beach, before disappearing onto the seaward side. Next stop was West Bexington, where a 1st-winter Glaucous Gull added to the white winger tally.

Very distant record shot of the 1st-year Glaucous Gull at West Bexington.

With not much else happening here, I decided to walk to Abbotsbury Beach. On reaching Abbotsbury Beach, I noticed lots of large gulls on the seaward side in the area of the tank teeth. Looking through groups of gulls on the sea, I came across another white winger and BINGO, a 2nd-winter Kumlien's Gull. Identification confirmed, I then proceeded to photograph the bird as best I could. The record shots below show the salient features.

3rd-calender year Kumlien's Gull.

Note primary pattern, being greyish with neat pale fringes.

Note dark pigmented primaries restricted to outermost feathers.

Note the tail band.

On a sunny day, because of the light, best looked for in the afternoon. Did actually go back with Alan Barrett this afternoon, but all we could locate was the 1st-winter Glaucous Gull. The gulls were further east of the tank teeth than earlier and time and energy didn't allow us to go any further.

1 comment:

Keith Pritchard said...

Very nice Brett and well deserved.