Monday, 23 January 2012

Kumlien's Gull (Ardglass)

One of the many highlights of Saturday's trip was catching up with one of the two juvenile/1st-winter Kumlien's Gulls that have been around the harbour. This individual has fairly dark looking primaries with obvious white tips that don't seem to extend into long 'chevrons'. Nice smooth 'velvet' breast and belly and some interesting u-shapes on moulted scapulars. I had wandered over to the mudflats north of the harbour for a break from the Ross's Gull and some chocolate and was picking through the various Glaucous, Iceland and Herring  and a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk on offer when I came across this one.
I hadn't really paid much attention to earlier images of these two before I went out but now I've had a look and this seems to be an individual that has been present since at least 6th Jan. The primaries are fairly dark and I did wonder about the possibility of something better but after a night spent trawling the net for equivalent aged gulls that might be well out of range ( and a little help from friends) it would appear to be too pale. Another day maybe....

1 comment:

Marc Heath said...

A great read and some nice photos on here.