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Sunday, January 04, 2004

Caspian and Yellow-legged Gulls at Dogsthorpe Star Pit

© Kevin Du Rose

Star Pit has long been a Mecca for gull enthusiasts and has the lion's share of local rare gull records including the only record of Sabine's Gull. Records of the Caspian and Yellow-legged races of Herring Gull have increased greatly in recent years, due in part to increased observer awareness and a better knowledge of identification criteria.

The first bird (left) is an adult Caspian Gull displaying a slightly darker mantle, a small, clean white head, very long neck and wings, excessively long and parallel-sided
bill with little gonys, yellow/pink legs and a small, dark bullet-hole eye.