Glaucous Gulls arrive

Glaucous Gull by Amy Lewis
06 Feb 2017

Glaucous Gull is a scarce winter visitor to western Europe, usually found at coastal sites, such as harbours, and less frequently inland. It has a circumpolar distribution, with the nearest breeding areas being in Iceland, Greenland and northwestern Russia. Similar in appearance to Iceland Gull, the two are collectively referred to as 'white-winged gulls'.

This winter has been particularly good for Glaucous Gulls, especially since storms in early January seemed to push birds further south. They have been noted on over 2% of BirdTrack complete lists, with a peak count of 18 birds logged so far this winter. One particularly obliging bird near the BirdTrack office even made an appearance in the local press