ID Chal­lenge

Put your birding skills to the test by cor­rectly iden­ti­fy­ing six win­ter gulls

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents -

GOOD OLD GULLS! They may not be ev­ery bird­watcher’s favourite bird, but, ar­guably, they pro­vide more ID chal­lenges than just about any other group. There are a few key fac­tors for this state of af­fairs. Firstly, gulls come in a range of plumages ac­cord­ing to their age, as well as time of year, which leads to a be­wil­der­ing ar­ray of ‘birds’ to learn. Se­condly, in­traspe­cific vari­a­tion is very pro­nounced, es­pe­cially in larger gulls: with a wide range of size and struc­ture even for one species. Thirdly, some species are so sim­i­lar, that only in very re­cent times have they been ‘split’ from each other (and there may be more splits to come). With that in mind, here are six Bri­tish gulls to get your teeth into. Name them, then turn for the so­lu­tions, then turn again for a few more tips on gull (and other bird) iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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