Mediterranean Gull

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Common Name Mediterranean Gull
Scientific Name Larus melanocephalus
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Related Species Gulls and Skuas
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A rare breeding species in Poole Harbour and a scarce wintering species, especially around Weymouth. 


Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

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Mediterranean Gull Ferrybridge (still hoping for a large white-winged gull)
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14/01/2017 - 20:45
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RT @Thewyrewagtail: Full range of 'hoods' on the adult Med Gulls at @RSPBWeymouth today, but v few young birds.
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23/02/2017 - 07:15
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One word, if it is a word. PHWOARR!!!
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04/03/2017 - 19:00
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Great AM mainly at Studland almost 1000 pics taken so still processing, but here's a few, Med Gull at Studland
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06/03/2017 - 17:30
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Just can't get enough of these beauties at the moment.
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16/03/2017 - 14:15
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Great day out on Brownsea Island - several handsome summer plumage Med Gulls showing well on the lagoon
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11/04/2017 - 22:15
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Med Gull, one of a small flock at Ferrybridge. 05-07-17
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06/07/2017 - 07:45
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The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
15/09/2017 - 19:52 Jake Alexander

@DorsetBirdClub @RSPBWeymouth @RareBirdAlertUK @BirdGuides Great White Egret & 142 Mediterranean Gull also today at RSPB Lodmoor.

04/09/2017 - 18:20 Richard Charmouth

Charmouth Market Field and Beach: nice Med Gull (probably the same bird seen in both locations). Bathing and in fli…

23/08/2017 - 18:48 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group A decent selection of #waders around #ChristchurchHarbour today. Details now at
13/08/2017 - 12:12 Paul Harris 160+ Med Gulls Kimmeridge Bay.
12/08/2017 - 18:50 Paul Harris Squeezed in an hour's birding on a family trip to Portland-Balearic and manx shears, wheatear, med gulls, sanderli…
08/08/2017 - 10:27 Steve Groves BOC shot of 1st juv Common Gull of the year with juv Mediterranean Gull for comparison. Latter a little more advanc…
06/08/2017 - 09:57 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 78 Med Gulls, Common Tern 1st sum, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Sanderling, Grey Plover, 100+ Ringed Plover
05/08/2017 - 09:36 Ian Ballam Common Tern and Med Gull in roost in FP #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
28/07/2017 - 19:15 Tom Brereton West Bay 18.00-19.00: 20 or so Gannets lingering offshore and 2 adult Med Gulls. No seabird passage and enough Twitter space to spell and
22/07/2017 - 17:30 Tom Brereton West Bay this am. Quiet. 3 juv Med Gulls, Oystercatcher, 2 Gannets. Peregrine attacking Little Egret at sea. Not su…
21/07/2017 - 22:30 Birds Poole Harbour No Great Shearwater off Middle Beach, Studland but 7 Common Scoter east, 8 Gannet west and 37 Med Gull (11 juvs) in the bay @DorsetBirdClub
21/07/2017 - 17:15 Tom Brereton West Bay. No seabird passage evident though heavy rain and poor visibility. Just a couple of Med Gulls close inshore
21/07/2017 - 16:30 Mike Morse @NotQuiteScilly Not sure we missed any Corys either..nearly all our birds (180 Gannets, 18 Manx, 40+ Meds etc) were…
21/07/2017 - 08:00 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, 120 Med Gulls and still arriving
20/07/2017 - 19:00 Freddy Alway 2 lrp.1 com sand marsh harrier. 30 Dunlin good number of med gull. Rodden hive - herbury gore. 2 corn bunting moonfleet. Few sand Martin.
18/07/2017 - 13:30 Ian Ballam 1st juve Med Gull of the year in Lytchett bay with 4 adults also at least 5 Whimbrels @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
13/07/2017 - 07:15 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 140 Med Gulls, 27 Dunlin
11/07/2017 - 20:00 Richard Charmouth Lyme Regis, Monmouth Beach: 2 beautiful full summer plumage Med Gulls.
11/07/2017 - 13:15 Mike Morse Our first juvenile Yellow-legged and Med Gulls this am. Also circa. 30 Manx lingering off-shore.
10/07/2017 - 17:15 Debby Saunders Juveniles of Common Tern, Sandwich Tern and Med Gull all at Ferrybridge today
07/07/2017 - 09:30 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 87 Med Gulls, 11 Dunlin, Grey Plover, Redshank
06/07/2017 - 09:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge early this am 30 Sand Martin S, 7 Shelduck E, 4 Sandwich Tern, Grey Plover, 60 Med Gulls and our 1st juvenile Black-headed Gull
06/07/2017 - 07:45 Frank Gardener Med Gull, one of a small flock at Ferrybridge. 05-07-17
05/07/2017 - 16:45 Debby Saunders We saw our 1st juvenile Mediterranean Gulls for this summer at Ferrybridge this morning
05/07/2017 - 07:15 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 2 juvenile Med Gulls, Grey Plover, 3 Sandwich Tern
03/07/2017 - 21:00 Ian Ballam 1 of the 2 Med Gulls roosting with the BH Gulls at #LytchettFields this evening
03/07/2017 - 13:45 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group The first juvenile #MediterraneanGull of the year was seen this morning.
30/06/2017 - 12:45 Freddy Alway Also marsh harrier. Blk wit. Sw and com tern. Meds. 2 cornbunting.
29/06/2017 - 09:45 Mike Morse I wasn't expecting a Corn Bunting at Bex this am, only my 4th here & singing too. 7 Med Gulls thru and, oddly, up…
26/06/2017 - 21:15 Paul Harris 5 rather unseasonal Common Scoter in Weymouth Bay tonight as well as some very close Med Gulls.
26/06/2017 - 07:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 36 Med Gulls, Sandwich Tern, flock of 7 Little Egrets NW
22/06/2017 - 20:15 Debby Saunders Mediterranean Gulls are returning to Ferrybridge, 10 had turned up by the time we left this morning. Looking forwar…
20/06/2017 - 07:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 2 Shelduck, Turnstone, Med Gull
18/06/2017 - 08:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 7 Sandwich Terns east, 5 Med Gulls
28/05/2017 - 14:45 James Phillips Brownsea Lagoon 2day: no Roseate terns but 3 Spoonbill 1 greenshank 3 Avocet 6 Ringed Plover 3 Dunlin 1 Redshank 38 Blackwit 8 Med gull
07/05/2017 - 20:00 Retweet RT @Spanna91: Raft spider, med gulls, firecrest, sand lizards and dartford warblers @RSPBArne #firecrest #dartfordwarblers
01/05/2017 - 10:00 Paul Harris Rodden Hive: 1 Bonxie seen on a brief seawatch. Cuckoo now calling. Pr Mergs, 2 Whimbrel, Grey Plover and 5 Meds on the Fleet side.
28/04/2017 - 12:30 James Phillips Brownsea Lagoon quiet on a big spring tide this AM 1 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshsnk, 32 Sandwich Tern, 19 Common tern, 80 Med Gull @harbourbirds
19/04/2017 - 16:30 Ian Ballam 7 Med Gulls in with 30+ BH Gulls in Arable Field #LytchettFields early this morning
17/04/2017 - 09:00 RSPB Arne Wheatear, Dartford warbler, Linnet and plenty of Med gulls already this morning.
17/04/2017 - 08:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this am 12 Sandwich Tern, 8 O'catcher, Com Sand, Whimbrel, 10 Wheatear, Yellow Wag, 2 Mallard, Med Gull 2nd yr, 1 R-b Merganser
11/04/2017 - 22:15 Hamish Murray Great day out on Brownsea Island - several handsome summer plumage Med Gulls showing well on the lagoon
11/04/2017 - 08:30 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 32 Sandwich Tern, Golden Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, ad. & 2 2nd yr Common Gulls, 2nd yr Med Gull, 2 ad. B-h Gulls
05/04/2017 - 20:00 Birds Poole Harbour Newly arrived Sarnie Terns standing up to the Meds, plus some remaining Avocet LIVE NOW on @harbourbirds webcam…
20/03/2017 - 19:45 Ian Ballam #PWC2017 tick in Holes Bay today with 4 Med Gull mixed in with the other gulls
18/03/2017 - 16:45 Birds Poole Harbour 8 BN Grebe, 2 Comm Scoter, 2 Gannet, 5 Meds and 2 RN Parakeet Middle Beach, Studland @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides @RSPBArne
18/03/2017 - 12:45 Martin Wood Had a good morning at Longham Lakes. 1GWEgret c20 Send Martin,103 Mediterranean Gulls. Singing chiffchaff calling Cetti's Warblers
16/03/2017 - 14:15 Brett Spencer Just can't get enough of these beauties at the moment.
15/03/2017 - 11:15 James Phillips RT @lookin4spoonies: Brownsea Lagoon this morning: 111 Med gulls, 3 Sandwich tern, 1 Spot Red, 1 Wheatear best so far @harbourbirds @DWTBro…
12/03/2017 - 12:30 Emily Brown RT @Emily_Chesil: Busy on the Fleet this am! 48 oystercatcher,15 barwit, 2 r. plover, gulls:1 common,1 yellowlegged,36 blackheaded,98 med &…
Name of species Mediterranean Gull
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