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Black headed or Mediterranean gull ?

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Old Wednesday 8th July 2020, 16:36   #1
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Black headed or Mediterranean gull ?

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This bird was sighted on Tottenham marshes, north east London , a week ago.

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Old Wednesday 8th July 2020, 17:05   #2
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Black-headed Louise, counter intuitively the fact that the head is brown not black is a good pointer.

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Old Wednesday 8th July 2020, 17:26   #3
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...also the white leading edge to the wings is a giveaway at a glance.
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To add to the confusion , the scientific name for Mediterranean Gull is 'Larus melanocephalus' or 'Ichthyaetus melanocephalus' which means 'Black-headed Gull' !
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Thanks very much all of you for you help with this ID and how to distinguish between them!
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Old Tuesday 14th July 2020, 17:39   #6
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In addition Louise Med has a full hood rather than one that rises from front to back and Med also has a chunkier slightly ‘banana’ bill

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Attached - an adult i found locally a coupla weeks ago to illustrate the pointers that ppl have proffered...
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Old Tuesday 14th July 2020, 23:23   #7
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Attached - an adult i found locally a coupla weeks ago to illustrate the pointers that ppl have proffered...
That's a 2nd summer (2 years old), still has some black in the wingtips
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Agreed - thanks for the update

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