Strange looking Guillemot.

Saw this strange colour on a Guillemot on Filey cliffs this week.

Light brown or sandy head and neck. Is this unusual as never seen before?


  • There are two types of nesting Guillemots's in the UK. There is the well known named Guillemot that everyone knows including non-birdwatchers. Then there is the Black Guillemot that breeds/nests on he West Coast of Scotland. Also nests/ reeds at St Bees Head on the West Cumbrian coastline I. The photo that you’ve provided is not very clear. So not 100% certain. One questio! Where was the photo taken? That could well help.

    Regards,

    Ian.

  • Certainly not a Black Guillemot as seems to have been suggested, The brown mentioned  in  the  text is an extremely  dark brown, almost  black  to the eye at  a distance. This bird seems to have a genetic  plumage problem but that is only my opinion. I did think at first it had dived into something but discounted that quickly. We are in Filey areas next sweek so I will look out for this bird on the cliff.  It will be interesting  to  see  what  others  think.

    Pete

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  • In reply to Internetman:

    Thankyou for the link, very helpful. I would go for the mutation known as Brown
  • In reply to Seaman:

    It was on the cliffs next to the Rocket Field. Good luck and hope you see it.
  • In reply to THOMO:

    Thanks for your information, not a black though. It was taken on the cliffs at Filey, south of Scarborough, just north of Bempton Cliffs in North Yorkshire
  • Hi-

    which bird are we querying?

    S

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  • Hi-

    which bird are we querying?

    S

    For advice about Birding, Identification,field guides,  binoculars, scopes, tripods,  etc - put 'Birding Tips'   into the search box