Identifying Common & Herring Gull

Love them or hate them, you can't (or shouldn't) ignore gulls. Build up your gull ID skills by learning to recognise two ideal reference species from this versatile and varied family: Common Gull and Herring Gull.

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Recent Bird ID videos

Corn Bunting. Photograph by John Harding
Yellowhammer, Cirl and Corn Bunting all breed in farmland in the UK, and can all present identification challenges.
Reed Bunting. Photograph by Liz Cutting
Brown, streaky buntings can be an ID headache! This video tackles four species that can be found in coastal areas in winter: Reed, Little, Snow and Lapland Buntings.
Mandarin Duck. Photograph by Neil Calbrade
Despite being non-native, these stunningly beautiful birds are commonly encountered and can cause confusion.