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Caspian

There’s been a Caspian Gull at Sheringham for some months. Before the lockdown Tania and I walked along the prom to try and find it and got talking about the features of identification; how to distinguish an immature Caspian Gull from an immature Herring Gull. As we stood above a gathering of gulls on the beach I explained structure is key.

“A snouty appearance with long legs. Couple this with a pale head and a white rump and darker distal end tail feathers”. Are all good starting points.

Friend Bob’s photo on the front cover of the latest Norfolk Bird and Mammal Report is an excellent reference. We stared through the gulls and as if by magic it was there. Preoccupied in discussion we didn’t see it fly in!




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