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Two gull IDs - Cambridgeshire, UK (1 Viewer)

harry22

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United Kingdom
Hi all,

I was hoping to get confirmation of the two gulls here, taken today in Cambridgeshire. I thought the first may be a Caspian Gull - one having been reported a couple of days prior to this photo. To me it looks to have a particularly long bill and seemingly pale-grey legs.
The other I assume is a 3cy herring gull, but I'm not great on gulls so I'm sure someone here will have more of an idea than I do .

Thanks very much,
H
 

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RobCreek

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Agreed, Herring and Caspian.
The Caspian tho I would always be wary until confirmation from a seasoned Guller or, depending on status of Caspians in Cambs, await the outcome of a county rarity submission that has been scrutinised by the Gull experts
Cheers, Rob
 

GWB77

Grafham Water Birder
Hi all,

I was hoping to get confirmation of the two gulls here, taken today in Cambridgeshire. I thought the first may be a Caspian Gull - one having been reported a couple of days prior to this photo. To me it looks to have a particularly long bill and seemingly pale-grey legs.
The other I assume is a 3cy herring gull, but I'm not great on gulls so I'm sure someone here will have more of an idea than I do .

Thanks very much,
H
The long white tip to p10 and structure of bird and bare parts look good for Caspian Gull. However, to be 100% sure (and rule out a hybrid) then better images would be needed. Caspian Gull isn't that rare in Cambs nowadays, and no longer requires a description to be submitted - the bigger issue is hybrids with Herring Gull, as these seem to be increasing in frequency.
 

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