Herring Gull (Western European) – Reflections of the Pure World

Western Europe Birds & Birding (#18/52): From the Highland Willow Scrub of Scotland to the Aegean Islands within the Sea of Crete, Western Europe is residence to over 800 resident, migratory and vagrant birds. From songbirds to gamebirds and from waterfowl to raptors, you’ll find birds just about in each nook and cranny of this lovely space. *All photographs showcased on this weblog sequence have been taken and edited by me.

A Reflections of the Pure World Weblog Submit Sequence by Jim Acquire

Herring gulls are pretty giant gulls whose heads and underparts are white, pink legs and so they have gentle grey backs.

To Cut up or to not Cut up!

Based mostly on ongoing scientific analysis, the American Ornithological Society (AOS) is being requested this yr (2024) to contemplate splitting the present Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) taxonomy into both 3 separate species: American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae) and European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) (or presumably the Western Europe Herring Gull), or 2 separate species. If both of the 2 break up suggestions are permitted, the birds I noticed in England and France can be break up from the present Smithsonianus subspecies and a brand new title must be voted on. For these birds, it will possible be European Herring Gull (or Western European Herring Gull). *The Affiliation of European Rarities Committees acknowledges six species of “Herring Gull”

@ Dover East Cliffs, Kent County, England

Bodily Traits:

The Western European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus/argentius) is a big seabird with distinct options. Listed below are its key bodily traits:

  • Dimension: These gulls have a wingspan of round 4.5 to five.2 ft (1.4 to 1.6 meters).
  • Plumage: Their plumage is predominantly white, with a pale grey mantle (the higher a part of the physique). Their wings show a attribute sample of grey and white.
  • Invoice: The invoice is yellow with a purple spot close to the tip.
  • Legs: Their legs are pinkish in colour.
  • Eyes: The eyes are pale yellow.
@ Dover East Cliffs, Kent County, England

Food regimen:

Western European Herring Gulls are opportunistic feeders. Their food regimen consists of quite a lot of gadgets:

  • Fish: They devour fish, particularly small fish like herring, which provides them their title.
  • Crustaceans: Gulls scavenge from rubbish dumps, landfill websites, and sewage outflows, the place they discover crustaceans.
  • Human Meals: They’re identified to grab chips (fries) and different meals scraps.
  • Carrion: Lifeless animals are additionally a part of their food regimen.
  • Eggs and Younger Birds: They steal eggs and younger chicks from different chicken species.
  • Vegetable Matter: Often, they eat roots, tubers, seeds, grains, nuts, and fruit.
@ Dover East Cliffs, Kent County, England

Abundance and Distribution:

Western European Herring Gulls are widespread and comparatively frequent. Distribution: They inhabit coastal areas, together with rocky cliffs, sandy seashores, and estuaries, throughout Western Europe. You possibly can spot them in international locations akin to the UK, Eire, France, and the Netherlands.

@ Dover East Cliffs, Kent County, England

IUCN Pink Record Standing:

The Western European Herring Gull is at the moment assessed as Least Concern on the IUCN Pink Record of Threatened Species. This standing signifies that their inhabitants is secure, and they don’t seem to be dealing with rapid threats to their survival.

For extra data, you possibly can discover the IUCN Pink Record and be taught concerning the conservation standing of assorted species.

@ The Queen’s Stroll, London GB-England

WESTERN EUROPEAN HERRING GULL WAS LIFER #? (Tentatively #775 when break up)

Western European Herring Gull 02 Oct 2022 The Queen’s Stroll, London GB-England 51.50627, -0.11794 | GB-ENG

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