Herring gull?

Got this at Abberton Reservoir yesterday - it was hanging about with a load of black-headed gulls.  Colouring-wise it looks like a herring gull but it looks a bit benign to me - I'm used to them looking full of attitude, even the youngsters.  Did I just catch one having an uncharacteristically quiet day or is it something else?

Of course if I'm just having a very funny five minutes please feel free to tell me!

Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • I'm thinking a (further along) 2nd winter Herring Gull.
    Have a look in your book at page 208 plate 22 and page 209 plate 28. It looks to me to be somewhere in-between the two. Perhaps better to wait for further opinions though. :-)

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  • Hi

    a late 2nd W

    S

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  • Thanks, both. It was clearly having a quiet day.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.