Back in October 2012 I paid a visit to Workington on the Irish Sea coast of Cumbria,NW England.In the car park amongst the Black-headed and Herring Gulls were two fairly uncommon visitors,Mediterranean Gulls.One was a 2nd winter plumage bird (seen below) and the other an adult bird which I found out had been around quite a bit and was known to some as Stumpy due to him having a bad leg.
I have seen Stumpy on several occasions since and have been watching his progress.He still favours the car park where a lot of people go to eat their Big Macs whilst taking in the sea view.
This is Stumpy on the 8th October 2012.
Slightly larger than a black-headed gull, with an all-black head in the breeding season. (black-headed gulls have chocolate brown heads) Adults have white wing-tips and underwings, younger birds have more wing markings. It has a large, slightly drooped beak, bright red when adult. A very rare UK bird until the 1950s, it is widespread in winter and breeding in ever increasing numbers. Its present UK breeding population makes it an Amber List species.Mainly found along the east and south coasts of England. Most of the breeding population nest within black-headed gull colonies at coastal wetlands. More widespread in winter with some beaches in Norfolk and Kent attracting more than a hundred Mediterranean gulls. Also found inland in small numbers wherever black-headed and common Gulls gather (especially in roosts on reservoirs). Source RSPB
The second winter gull