Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
Species
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus). Taken on Skomer, Pembrokeshire, on May 6th 2014.
Taken on Skomer, Pembrokeshire, on May 6th 2014.
(1/640th sec at f11. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus). Taken on Skomer, Pembrokeshire, on May 6th 2014.
Taken on Skomer, Pembrokeshire, on May 6th 2014.
(1/320th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 48 - 56 cm; WS: 117 - 134 cm

The Lesser Black-backed Gull has a dark grey to black back and wings, yellow bill and yellow legs. For most of the year four age-groups can be identified.

It is found in north-west Europe and around the Baltic.

In Britain it is found around the coastline in summer and on some inland high moors. The biggest UK colony is on Walney Island, Cumbria, with one third of the UK population.

In north and east Europe this species is a long-distance migrant, flying to Africa for the winter. Western birds are shorter-distance migrants, and many over-winter in the British Isles.

This species is on the amber list, because the UK is home to 40% of the European population and more than half of these are found at fewer than ten sites.

Sightings

09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (2)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
15-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
11-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (30+)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
11-Feb-2018 : Bury Down, Berks (1)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (1)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (5)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (40+)
31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (2)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (5)
19-Sep-2017 : Cheyne Weare, Portland, Dorset (2)
14-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (11)
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
23-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (10+)
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
29-Jul-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
15-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (c12)
14-Jan-2017 : Caulcott, Oxon (6+)
02-Jan-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)

26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (30+)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain
13-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2+)
03-Jul-2016 : R. Kent estuary (3)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
06-Apr-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)
30-Mar-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (50+)
08-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)

12-Nov-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
01-Nov-2015 : Baulking, Oxon
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
21-Aug-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
29-Jun-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
05-Jun-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
22-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
04-Mar-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
02-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
17-Jan-2015 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2+)

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (c20)
20-Nov-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Sep-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
15-May-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
08-May-2014 : Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire
08-May-2014 : Newport, Pembrokeshire
06-May-2014 : Skomer, Pembrokeshire
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)
10-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
07-Feb-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
22-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
03-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)