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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Glaucous Gulls, Cromane

Second winter Glaucous Gull, Cromane, 8th January 2012 (Seamus Enright).

Adult Glaucous Gull, Cromane, 8th January 2012 (Seamus Enright).
The current influx of 'white-winged' gulls includes over 20 Iceland Gulls, around six Glaucous Gulls, a Kumlien's Gull and a Kumlien's/Iceland Gull (see HERE) in Kerry in the past three weeks or so. Adult Glaucous and Iceland Gulls are striking birds, though perhaps surprisingly, this Glaucous is only the 18th adult ever seen in Kerry. Although there must be at least some duplication or overlapping of records, there are a total of 374 Iceland Gulls recorded in Co. Kerry and 346 Glaucous Gulls. However, to date, the 18 Adult Glaucous Gulls are exceeded by the 33 adult Iceland Gulls (info courtesy of Ed Carty).

This striking adult Glaucous Gull, seen at Dingle Harbour in March 2003, was notably large, therefore presumably a male, and close to Great Black-backed Gull in size (Chris Batty).