Caspian appears as Kumlien’s returns – twice in a week!!!

The evening gull roost at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire continues to draw attention.

The highlight of the week was a 1st winter Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans which dropped in on February 15th, albeit only stopping for 20 minutes before departing the scene.

The 16th saw only 6000 birds roost with only a dozen or so larger larids among them, so it came as something of a surprise when Geoff Dobbs turned up the 2nd winter Kumlien’s Gull L. glaucoides kumlieni which has been wintering on the coast in the Barmston area on the 17th. As is typical for ‘scarcer large larids’ it didn’t reappear the following evening in the D res roost. Despite failing to appear in the roost for nine weeks, the bird came back on the afternoon of the 23rd allowing many people to add it to their Tophill lists, before departing NE at dusk with the majority of the larger gulls.

Gulls at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire February 2014

A record shot above of one the adult Mediterranean Gulls Ichthyaetus melanocephalus which has appeared in the roost this week. Up to 6 individual Meds have been noted over the last nine days suggesting there is a good turnover of smaller gulls – which makes me wonder what else could be picked out over the course of the next month or so as the gull roosting season draws to a close.

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