Humble Pie smells a bit like a GBBGull.

After Wednesdays excitement of refinding ‘my’ YLG there has been lots of helpful discussion which concludes with me withdrawing my claim.

The clincher was the following picture

Slaty Backed Gull -Killybegs

No I do not think I found yesterdays Killybegs Slaty-backed Gull but the young bird at the top of the pic.  It looks a lot like what I saw.  As many of you know its a Great Black Back.  So YLG is coming off of my Birdtrack submission both for this week and also for 27th Dec 14.

However, this has just sparked a need to know more about gull ID.  Two websites which will be of interest if you have not already seen them are World of Gulls and the mind blowing Gulls to the Horizon.

One of my weak points for proof is not adequately being able to attach my iphone to my scope. . .until now.  A guide to making a phonescope adaptor may change all that.  It could mean in a few weeks you get to see pics of birds and not just places.

As for the 10km square I have now been birding in 16 of the 25 tetrads and should get to all by the end of the month.  57 species including a willow tit in tetrad E which I pleased with.


4 thoughts on “Humble Pie smells a bit like a GBBGull.

  1. A interesting idea to bird what appears to be a pretty grotty looking 10k square. Looking forward to reading how you get on. There’s certainly breeding Leo in that section of “Tha Heed”. The knack to phone scoping or binning is grip the optics eyepiece with index finger & thumb & rest the phone on your digits – moving back to iPhone next yr, got some snorters. Enjoy ur Square !


  2. Umm, gulls are bastards really. Following my encounter with the Caspian gull at Cley where it was only recorded as a ‘probable’, I invested in Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America (Olsen, Larsson). It’s a great reference work, but even with hundreds of pics it is obvious that there is much overlap and potential for misidentification. Looking at the pic you posted it seems this may well be a GBB, especially when looking at the tertials, very heavy beak etc. Was this really the bird you saw, because you’re usually spot on? In any event keep looking because I’m sure there are lots of goodies out there waiting to be found. Frankly the whole gull Id thing is bewildering to me. Keep a bloggin.


    1. I think your right it has suddenly become a lot more complex if you look at the websites I have linked to its a bigger world out there than I first thought.
      I think I have seen so many pics this week I am really not sure so I must get this phone scoping sorted out.
      Great to hear from you.


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