SABINE’S GULL

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Sabine’s Gulls are very much ‘sea gulls’, spend­ing much of their time out to sea. How­ever, strong winds in au­tumn (es­pe­cially from the north-west) blow south­ward mi­grat­ing At­lantic birds in to our coasts and even in­land, turn­ing up at reser­voirs, lakes and gravel pits. In the ex­treme, dur­ing the Great Storm of mid-oc­to­ber 1987, record num­bers turned up across the UK. Seen well, Sabine’s Gulls are dis­tinc­tive, with ‘tri­an­gles’ of black white and grey/ brown on the wing. Seen dis­tantly on sea­watches, they can be con­fused with first-winter Kit­ti­wakes.

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