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Friday, 2 January 2015

Genetic Gull Soup

Immature gulls are often tricky enough to identify, even if you try to ignore their occasional habit of 'playing away from home' which can result in confusing looking hybrids. So what is this particular flavour of genetic soup, seen at Portmagee yesterday? Herring Gull mixed with a strong pinch of Glaucous Gull perhaps? Any thoughts welcome...

Hybrid Gull (left), with juvenile Herring Gull Portmagee, 1st January 2015 (M.O'Clery).

Hybrid Gull, Portmagee, 1st January 2015 (M.O'Clery).