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Thursday, 13 February 2014

It's raining Glaucous Gulls

The recent series of storms has driven large numbers of Glaucous Gulls ashore, including eleven at Ferriter's Cove today, with others scattered around the county. Eleven in one spot is the most since 13 were seen at Dingle in the early months of 1983.

Adult Glaucous Gull, Dingle, 13th February 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Test yourself! How many Glaucous Gulls can you see here?, Ferriter's Cove, 13th February 2014 (M.O'Clery). Click on the image for a closer look...

First-winter Kumlien's Gull, Dingle, 13th February 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Meanwhile, the total number of Kumlien's Gulls seen around the county this winter is 14 - a new record - far exceeding the previous best year of five in 2012.