|Posted by Danny Porter on March 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM|
Barry has done it again!!
Our resident Lackford Lakes expert reacted first to a possible Baltic Gull that had been reported a few days earlier, but that no one had really followed up!
Barry to his credit, returned each evening and was rewarded with some excellent views of this sub-adult bird.
Highlighted here in the picture is the bird itself. The Baltic Gull is a sub species (Larus Fuscus Fuscus) of the Lesser Black Backed Gull (LBB) (Larus Fuscus)
Slightly smaller than a LBB, this gull is different, but like most gulls it is only easier to tell when they are next to a different bird.
The back is much darker than a LBB, the legs are less yellow, and the bill is a slightly different design.
Found around the Baltic Sea (hence the name) this gull is a rare visitor to our shores, and should go down as an outstanding county rarity.
The gull has unfortunatley gone now, but hopefully it or another will return one day soon for another showing!!
Oh, and well done Bazza!!