Unidentified Gull species Slapton

From the memorial car park at Slapton this morning I caught sight of a gull headed east up the coast just off of the beach, slightly smaller than a Herring Gull, seemingly shorter in the body with distinctly longer narrow wings, darker grey than a Herring Gull but lighter than a Lesser Black Back, the head was a pale buffish grey with a distinctly darker band at the nape/hind neck, the wings had a distinctive white trailing edge to the secondary flight feathers, the bill appears to be dark and more slender than the usual larger gulls.

There appeared to be a white pattern running back from the base of the bill to the eye, the eye being very dark

The bird was in view for several minutes as it battled against the strong on shore winds, I cannot find anything remotely like it in my birding books of UK and European birds.

 

Eds - this is a Common Gull

Posted October 13th, 2016 at 1:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News