Gullmas 2015/16: Part One

Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire December 2015

Eight days into the annual Gullmas period at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, Mediterranean Gulls Ichthyaetus melanocephalus are still appearing with four new individuals noted amongst the 6-8 different birds over the last eight days.

These birds pictured the three that appeared on Christmas Eve amongst the 5000 or so gulls present.

Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire December 2015

Gullmas periods of recent years have provided Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus, Iceland Gull L. glaucoides and ‘Kumlien’s’ Gull L. g. kumlieni amongst the larger Larids. This time around, a single Yellow-legged Gull L. michahellis picked out pre-roost during the miserable weather on Christmas Day has been the only large larid of note, and even this species has proved harder to find than in recent weeks.

Gull roosts often provide opportunities for delightful sunsets, but gulls by moonlight are also pretty special.

Gull roost and Moon Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, December 2015

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