25th October 2014

The Black Headed Gull is not black-headed at this time of year and actually not really black-headed at any time, but chocolate brown! In late autumn and winter this small gull is harder to identify because it has a white head and just a little dark smudge on it’s cheek. At all times of year it has a dark red bill and legs, and grey back. It is also usually very noisy and sociable, appearing in small flocks throughout the year and it lives almost anywhere. It feeds on worms, insects, fish and carrion, on farmland, rubbish tips, wetlands, coast and in cities, so can be seen almost anywhere. The numbers increase at this time of year, to over two million, as this is another one of our native birds whose populations are joined by birds from Iceland, Scandinavia and Northern Europe. However the Black Headed Gull, ¬†our most commonly seen gull, is declining and is now on the amber list.

A Black Headed Gull in transition plumage

A Black Headed Gull in transition plumage

Black Headed Gulls in their winter plumage

Black Headed Gulls in their winter plumage

Conditions: A bright day starting with sun and becoming cloudier. Temperature: Max 13- Min 11 C.

Black headed Gull in winter plumage

Black Headed Gull in winter plumage

Black Headed Gulls in their chocolate-headed summer plumage

Black Headed Gulls in their chocolate-headed summer plumage

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