The Odd One Out

Jamie  Green

Backbarrow, Nr Ulverston, United Kingdom

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I just love gulls.There are so many diferent varieties and just when you think you’ve seen all that your local patch has to offer,up pops a new one.
A life time first for me, a Bonaparte’s Gull, all the way from North America and hanging out on the beach by Heysham power station in Lancashire,NW England.A cause of great excitement and a lot of twitchers rushing to the site.There have been only 127 sightings in the U.K. between 1950 and 2007.It wasn’t easy to find,being similar to Black-headed gulls,of which there were hundreds. I finally found it after an hour of searching. I just walked to the end of the sea wall where I found half a dozen other twitchers looking at it (Duh!!! I’d been looking in the wrong spot !!!)
See if you can find it. I’ve made it easy for you.There are only 5 gulls there.4 are Black-headed Gulls and one isn’t. One is a juvenile BH Gull,another is an adult losing its breeding colours,one is not letting on,and one is looking out to sea.Can you tell the difference?
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR Tamron 150-500 zoom,500mm and cropped heavily
The Bonaparte’s Gull is a small species, larger only than the Little Gull and the Saunders’s Gull among all gull species.Adults are 28–38 cm (11–15 in) long with a 76–84 cm (30–33 in) wingspan and a body mass of 162–270 g (5.7–9.5 oz).They have a black hood and a short thin dark bill. The body is mainly white with pale grey back and upper wings. The underwing is pale and the wing tips are dark. They have pink legs. In winter, the head is white.
In their first summer, the appearance of Bonaparte’s Gull is similar to that in its first winter, but paler due to wear. Fewer than 5% of Bonaparte’s Gulls acquire a dark hood in their first summer, and on those that do, the hood is duller than on breeding adults.
Their breeding habitat is near bogs or lakes in coniferous forest across western Canada and Alaska. They nest in conifers, sometimes on the ground.
They are migratory and most move east or west to coastal waters, also the Great Lakes. They are rare vagrants to western Europe, where they usually associate with the somewhat larger Black-headed Gulls.
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