Bonaparte’s Gull – 2020

Chroicocephalus philadelphiaGwylan Bonaparte – Vagrant

Teifi, June 23rd

This fine adult Bonaparte’s Gull  joined the Black-headed Gulls on Poppit salt marsh for the high tide roost this morning

(photos Jon Green)

The gull had a lovely fly around, calling distinctively and chasing the mainly non-adult Black-headed Gulls which in comparison looked a poor second as many are in moult and particularly scruffy looking.

Posted by Richard Dobbins


The Gann, 31st October

A delightful adult Bonaparte’s Gull at the Gann late afternoon.  Found around 15:50 after I decided not to watch the rugby with Lisa, it was still present at 17:00 when we left (she soon ditched the rugby!).  It gave very close views, as it was feeding with the Black-headed Gulls where the waves were breaking onto the beach as the tide pushed up.  Nice to share it with George & Fiona who speed-stomped over from Dale.  Also an adult Little Gull which didn’t show quite so well. Photos and post by David Astins.

The bird was photographed again the following day (top photo by Dave Astins), then not seen again until the 7th November when it had moved upstream of the bridge. On the 13th, it was seen at Pickleridge Pools. On the 15th it was with a flock of black-headed gulls flying from the Gann towards Mullock/Marloes, on the 17th at the Gann again still with a flock of black-headed gulls, and then on the 18th when it was last seen heading towards Dale at around 4pm.

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