Mediterranean Gull – colour rings

Colour-tinged Mediterranean Gulls have been turning up in Pembrokeshire for the past twenty years or so. Most were ringed at their natal colonies. This map shows the location of those colonies. In some cases, there have been several gulls from the same colony. And there are likely to be other birds for which we don’t have the records.

The histories of individual birds show that many of them have arrived here by a convoluted route, including via Morroco.

Any colour-tinged gulls should be reported to the European Colour-ringed Birding Website or to the British Trust for Ornithology, either of which will forward your sighting to the appropriate ringing scheme which will provide you with further details.

Red dots show the origins of birds with red rings, green for those with green rings, and blue for those with white rings (as white does not show up on this background).

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Mediterranean Gull – 1994

Larus melanocephalusGwylan Môr y CanoldirWinter visitor

The Mediterranean Gull was first recorded at Skokholm, in 1968, when a second-winter bird was seen on five occasions between 3 and 17 November. The species was subsequently recorded in six of the next twelve years, becoming annual from 1980. The early records were all of single birds which did not stay long, but since 1980 one or two have wintered at Fishguard Harbour and there are records from various parts of the Cleddau Estuary, including Llanstadwell, the Gann and Angle Bay, in most winters.

Comparison of the combination of head and bill markings of individuals revealed that four Mediterranean Gulls wintered at Fishguard Harbour in late 1986, and that they forayed daily west to Strumble Head or east to the Nevern Estuary. Five were there in the winter of 1992/93. It is suspected that these birds, as well as those that are seen on the Cleddau Estuary, also feed inland during the day but so far they have only been seen at Roch Gate, Hill Leys and Treigo. The Mediterranean Gull has only twice been recorded from the south coast of Pembrokeshire, at Lydstep and at Bosherston Pools.

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

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Mediterranean Gull – 1980s winter

Larus melanocephalusGwylan Môr y CanoldirWinter visitor

The BTO winter atlas showed that single Mediterranean Gulls were noted in five Pembrokeshire 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Data collected by volunteers for the BTO. Lack, P. 1986 Atlas of wintering birds in Britain and Ireland. T & A.D. Poyser.

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Mediterranean Gull

Larus melanocephalusGwylan Môr y CanoldirWinter visitor

Mediterranean Gull – 1994

Larus melanocephalus – Gwylan Môr y Canoldir – Winter visitor The Mediterranean Gull was first recorded at Skokholm, in 1968, when a second-winter bird was seen on five occasions between 3 and 17 November. The species was subsequently recorded in six of the next twelve years, becoming annual from 1980. The early records were all […]

Mediterranean Gull – 1980s winter

Larus melanocephalus – Gwylan Môr y Canoldir – Winter visitor The BTO winter atlas showed that single Mediterranean Gulls were noted in five Pembrokeshire 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. More about the Mediterranean Gull in Pembrokeshire