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Thursday, 1 January 2009

Putative GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL in CLEVELAND




A 'presumed' adult GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was seen (and photographed; see above, taken by Toby AW) on the main pool at Saltholme Pools RSPB Reserve (Cleveland) at 1300 hours on 31 December 2008 and was relocated again today in a ploughed field beside the A1185 at Cowpen Bewley, 2.5 miles NE of Billingham late this afternoon.

The bird has the characteristic primary pattern of this species, as well as a dark eye and very short primary extension. It is not a Kumlien's Gull nor 'regular' hybrid