Rare gull set­tles in Kin­tyre

The Oban Times - - News -

READER Nick Fletcher of the Ar­gyll Ho­tel at Bel­lochan­tuy in Kin­tyre had a very un­usual visi­tor to the beach near his ho­tel.

Mr Fletcher said: ‘Thought you may be in­ter­ested in an un­usual visi­tor we have to Ar­gyll.

‘This win­ter we have a Glau­cous gull spend­ing quite some time on the beach at Bel­lochan­tuy Bay out­side our ho­tel. From what I can tell, it is a fairly rare sight.’

The Glau­cous gull is a large pale gull with white wing tips. Younger birds are creamy white or more bis­cuit- coloured, de­pend­ing on age. All have pale wingtips.

It is big­ger than a her­ring gull and bulkier, with a fiercer ex­pres­sion, larger beak and squarer head than the smaller but vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cally-plumaged Ice­land gull.

The gull is rare and only 170 pairs are thought to be in the UK for win­ter pas­sage.

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