June’s Mystery Bird

Well the mystery bird in May caused a few problems with nobody getting to the correct answer; although a few were close. That still leaves Phil and Jan Thorp in the lead with five consecutive answers. It is in fact a second year American Herring Gull. Identification features are subtle and adults cannot be told reliably from Herring Gulls. The clinching feature is the bill which could easily be placed on a 1st winter Glaucous Gull. The article by Pat Lonergan and Killian Mullarney cannot be bettered on identification so I’ll not try. I photographed the individual in Lerwick harbour on Shetland some years ago.

Junes Mystery bird is a hidden teaser of a bird I photographed (badly) earlier this month in Suffolk. As usual e-mail me with your answer.

2 Responses to “June’s Mystery Bird”

  1. 1 Tim Allwood
    Jun 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Hello Carl

    I’m not aware of any accepted records of smithsonianus from Shetland? There was one at Scrabster and there’s been several on the Western Isles but I as far as I know these are the only Scottish records.


    • Jun 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Ooops! – that will teach me to concentrate on one set of shots at once. The photograph was in fact taken in Stornoway Harbour on the Isle of Lewis and if my cameras date stamp is to be believed it was on the 23rd April 2007. Thanks for pointing this out Tim.

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