Wednesday 14 January 2015

Aggressive Caspian Gull

At lunchtime today there was lots of gulls at Shawell A5 Lagoons and amongst them was an adult and third-winter Caspian Gull plus an adult which I think has a little bit of Herring Gull in the mix as well as Caspian Gull - mostly the latter.

The third-winter was a new bird although in the photograph it looks similar to the third-winter I saw on the 10th. It was bigger and more boisterous. In fact it was down right aggressive. It attacked any Herring Gull that happened to venture close to it. In the end it picked on the wrong one and got put firmly in its place.

Third-winter Caspian Gull Seeing Off an Herring Gull
Caspian Gulls are often quoted as being aggressive, but I find them to be mostly peaceful and very sleepy. The last time I encountered a really aggressive one was back in 2013 and that one behaved the same - see HERE

Third-winter Caspian Gull, Shawell A5 Lagoons, 14/01/15
Third-winter Caspian Gull, Shawell A5 lagoons, 14/01/15

Pick on Someone Your Own Size

Hopefully the first 'white-winger' of the year will put in an appearance on Saturday.

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