Last night I said that the first juvenile large gulls excluding ones at local breeding sites should be Yellow-legged Gulls. Obviously a young Lesser Black-backed Gull managed to read my blog and decide to prove me wrong. Tonight that young LBBG was at Shawell A5 Lagoons enjoying what must be his first swim. This is early for a juvenile LBBG at Shawell. So juvenile large gulls in early July are not necessarily Yellow-legged ones then!
I wonder where this one came from? The young gulls in Aylesbury, Hinckley, Leicester and Northampton that I have seen this week all need at least another week before they'll fledge.
|Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull, Shawell A5 Lagoons, July 7th 2016|