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GLAUCOUS GULL - Larus hyperboreus

 

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© Paul Bowerman

 

 

 

2018:

A 1st winter was seen well from Severn Beach at 08:00 on January 3rd before departing down river;

 

2012:

On January 5th a 2nd winter was seen at New Passage at around 15:50. It continued on towards Severn Beach at around 6 metres range flying low along the sea wall. It was also present for several hours off New Passage in an area known as The Scars on January 8th; A 3rd year bird was reported flying inland over New Passage on April 13th.

 

2002:

A juvenile was watched on December 31st at Northwick Warth.

 

1991:

An adult was seen in flight on March 21st at Aust Warth and was last seen heading south-west.

 

1984:

On January 11th a 2nd winter was observed on Severnside and was present until February 25th; An immature was found on January 22nd at Oldbury-on-Severn.

 

1950:

An immature was found on January 8th at Severn Beach.

 

1938:

On December 27th an immature was located at Severn Beach. Following a week of severe weather, an immature bird visited the Severn estuary late in December. It was watched at close quarters between Avonmouth and Severn Beach on the 27th and again on the 30th. When seen alongside a Great Black-backed Gull, it was correspondingly large with an equally massive bill. This, and the greyish-white plumage with an entire absence of black on the primaries, placed its identity beyond doubt.

 

1840:

A winter adult was 'obtained' on the Severn Estuary. It was presumably collected sometime over the first winter period, January/ February or the second winter period in December. It was featured in Yarrell's British Birds at the time. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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