Glaucous Gull – records

Larus hyperboreus – GWYLAN Y GOGLEDD – Irregular winter visitor.

Previous records are summarised in Glaucous Gull winter

2020 – All records were: 2CY Teifi Est 4 – 6 Jan, 1CY St. Davids Head 16 Nov, 1CY Skokholm 18 & 20 Nov, 1CY Llysy fran Res 29 Nov, 1CY Marloes Mere 13 Dec and a 1CY Monkstone Point, Tenby 14 Dec, quite possibly all those in Nov – Dec relate to the same wandering bird.

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports, which may contain more detail than shown here.

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Glaucous Gull – winter

Larus hyperboreus – GWYLAN Y GOGLEDD – Irregular winter visitor.

The Glaucous Gull breeds along the north coasts of Canada and Eurasia, and their associated islands. Most move south in the winter, though often still spending the season in frozen areas.

They are now seen regularly in Pembrokeshire in winter, often staying well into the spring. Small numbers are involved, sometimes none. Large movements are thought to be associated with colder weather further north, or rough weather at sea. However, not all cold winters bring birds this far south – there were none in 2010, and the influx in 2014 was during a relatively mild winter.

Once here, many birds stay around for a while, sometimes a few months, visiting a number of sites and sometimes making it difficult to determine exactly how many are present.

In early 2017 a colour-ringed first-winter bird turned up at Holyhead in Anglesey. It has been ringed as a chick on Svalbard, off the north coast of Norway, the previous year. This is so far the only indication of the origins of birds coming to Wales, but it does not mean that others don’t come from Iceland or Greenland.

This map was produced by the West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre using data collected between November and February for the BTO Atlas 2007-11, with additional data collected in 2011-12 winter to fill gaps in coverage.

Other sites have been used, eg Llanstadwell, Fishguard Harbour, Penberi Reservoir, while some birds have been recorded flying past St Govan’s Head and through Ramsey Sound.

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Glaucous Gull – 1994

Larus hyperboreus – GWYLAN Y GOGLEDD – Irregular winter visitor. Not recorded in June

Mathew (1894) noted one shot at Tenby “many years ago” and another there in the winter of 1891. Lockley et al. (1949) listed singles at Solva in about 1870 and from 24 to 26 January 1913, at the Pembroke River on 28 December 1899, at Dale on 10 February 1938 and at Elegug Stacks on 14 May 1943.

One or two Glaucous Gulls have since been recorded on about 38 occasions in 16 different years up to 1992. They have mainly been seen around the coast or estuaries, particularly at sewage outfalls, but also feeding with other gulls further inland, as far as Llysyfran reservoir. The majority of the records fall into the period November to February, with usually one or two birds in each year of occurrence but, sometimes more, for example eight individuals were seen in 1983.

A hybrid, presumed to be a Glaucous/Herring Gull cross, was seen at the Gann on 22 July 1984.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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Glaucous Gull – 1949

Larus hyperboreus

Mathew records one short near Tenby “many years ago” and another there in the winter of 1891.  One shot Solva about 1870 and one seen same place 24-26 Jan 1913 (H.W.Evans).  One shot Pembroke River by J.Wynne 28 Dec 1899.  One Dale, 10 Feb 1938, and one immature at the Stacks, Flimston, 14 May 1943.

R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society

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Glaucous Gull – 1894

Larus glaucus – A winter visitor; rare.

Specimens of this splendid Polar Gull are occasionally obtained upon the coast. There is a fine adult, with a white mantle, in the Stackpole collection, that was shot many years ago, near Tenby. In the winter of 1891, Mr. C. Jefferys, of Tenby, informs us that he several times saw a Glaucous Gull flying about in company with Herring Gulls.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Glaucous Gull

Larus hyperboreus – GWYLAN Y GOGLEDD – Irregular winter visitor. Not recorded in June

Glaucous Gull – winter

Larus hyperboreus – GWYLAN Y GOGLEDD – Irregular winter visitor. The Glaucous Gull breeds along the north coasts of Canada and Eurasia, and their associated islands. Most move south in the winter, though often still spending the season in frozen areas. They are now seen regularly in Pembrokeshire in winter, often staying well into the […]

Glaucous Gull – 1994

Larus hyperboreus – GWYLAN Y GOGLEDD – Irregular winter visitor. Not recorded in June Mathew (1894) noted one shot at Tenby “many years ago” and another there in the winter of 1891. Lockley et al. (1949) listed singles at Solva in about 1870 and from 24 to 26 January 1913, at the Pembroke River on 28 December […]

Glaucous Gull – 1894

Larus glaucus – A winter visitor; rare. Specimens of this splendid Polar Gull are occasionally obtained upon the coast. There is a fine adult, with a white mantle, in the Stackpole collection, that was shot many years ago, near Tenby. In the winter of 1891, Mr. C. Jefferys, of Tenby, informs us that he several times saw a Glaucous […]