Sunday, 18 March 2018

Med Gull Milestone

On Saturday in a blizzard of snow I saw my 10th different Mediterranean Gull on Wanstead Flats. Apart from 'Valentino' - Ilford's annual winter visitor to Valentines Park, which also frequently visited the Flats between 2013 - 2016 all the other birds rarely hung around for more than a day.

  1. 23rd October 2013 - Adult (Valentino)
  2. 9th November 2013 - 1st-winter (colour-ringed)
  3. 9th November 2013 - 1st-winter
  4. 16th February 2014 - Adult
  5. 31st October 2015 - Adult
  6. 30th January 2016 - Adult
  7. 27th March 2016 - 1st-winter
  8. 25 February 2017 - Adult
  9. 12th September 2017 - 2nd-winter
  10. 17th March 2018 - 1st-winter
1st-winter, Wanstead, London
Med Gull number 10 - in the Snow on Wanstead Flats

Despite the ever increasing numbers of Mediterranean Gulls in the UK with breeding pairs now reaching over 600+ they're still infrequent visitors to Wanstead Flats, and even though I've now seen ten different birds I'm still yet to see a smart adult in summer plumage with its wonderful full black hood - that's definitely next on my Med Gull list of goals!


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