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Yellow-legged Gull

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Common Name Yellow-legged Gull
Scientific Name Larus michahellis
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Related Species Uncommon birds
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A species (or sub-species of the herring gull) of northern mainland Europe that may be spreading its range into Britain.



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Adult Yellow-legged Gull in Lytchett Bay
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18/07/2017 - 19:00
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Juv Yellow-Legged Gull on Radipole car park 22/07/17. Cheers Brett for the I.D. pointers 👍
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23/07/2017 - 20:00
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Bruiser of a Yellow-legged Gull on Lodmoor this evening.
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18/08/2017 - 21:00
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The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
19/08/2017 - 08:19 Debby Saunders This morning at Ferrybridge Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Heron, 21 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, Wheatear, Eider in the harbour
18/08/2017 - 21:00 Ian Ballam Bruiser of a Yellow-legged Gull on Lodmoor this evening.
16/08/2017 - 20:50 Ian Ballam Yellow-legged Gull #LytchettFields this evening, nice to compare the slightly darker back than the BHG's, Herring G…
14/08/2017 - 20:49 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group Omitted in error from the website earlier. 3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Mudeford Quay this morning.
11/08/2017 - 21:09 Brett Spencer 12 Yellow-legged Gulls Holes Bay and a single at Middlebere.
09/08/2017 - 10:32 Nick Hopper @NickhopperUK had 29 Yellow-legged Gull come into roost at Middlebere last night. Also 8 Spoonbill, 5 Spotshank, 12 Avocet @DorsetBirdClub
08/08/2017 - 15:03 Mike Morse On patch this morning, a couple of Whinchats, a Greenshank (heard), a Y-l Gull and this Greylag which was about as…
07/08/2017 - 18:59 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group Good seawatch at #MudefordQuay this morning #RoseateTern #ArcticSkua #YellowleggedGull Details at:
04/08/2017 - 18:02 Steve Groves At least 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull still about today. Single Whimbrel & Turnstone best of waders. Heard only Yellow Wagtail best passerine.
02/08/2017 - 09:15 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group Yellow-legged Gull lingering off Mudeford Quay and 2 probable Manx Shearwater past so far this morning.
30/07/2017 - 15:00 Brett Spencer Juv Yellow-legged Gull West Bay. @DorsetBirdClub
29/07/2017 - 15:00 James Phillips @harbourbirds @DWTBrownsea Juv Yellow-legged gull just gone thru the Brownsea Lagoon towards the harbour mouth
28/07/2017 - 10:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 24 Sandwich Tern, Knot, Yellow-legged t
26/07/2017 - 20:00 Brett Spencer Single juv Yellow-legged Gulls at Ferrybridge and Radipole this evening.
26/07/2017 - 20:00 Brett Spencer Astonishing views of the Great Shearwater at Portland Bill. Throw in Balearic Shearwaters, Great Skua and Yellow-le…
26/07/2017 - 08:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this wet morning 25 Ringed Plover, 37 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull juv, 8 Sandwich Tern, 11 Com Tern west
24/07/2017 - 20:45 Brett Spencer Just the 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull at Radipole this evening. Surprising considering numbers off Portland Bill today.
24/07/2017 - 12:30 Mike Morse A bit of movement this am.. 3 Yellow Wags, Whimbrel, 2 Common Sands, 1/2 Y-l Gulls and Hobby..
24/07/2017 - 09:15 Portland Bird Observatory Record total of Yellow-legged Gulls at the Bill this mrng: min of 26 juvs thru offshore (all west).
23/07/2017 - 20:00 Wawlee Juv Yellow-Legged Gull on Radipole car park 22/07/17. Cheers Brett for the I.D. pointers 👍
23/07/2017 - 18:15 Retweet RT @LMHooperbirder: Also to note, 3 manx, 1+ juv YL gull, and 3 peregrines (1 ad, 2 juv) trying to fish a dropped pigeon out of the sea @Po…
23/07/2017 - 12:30 Brett Spencer 1 of 2. Y-l Gull Radipole yest. Note eye patch, white ground colour to head and chest and worn mantle/scaps, some g…
19/07/2017 - 12:00 Portland Bird Observatory Balearic Shearwater lingering off the Bill again this mrng + at least 5 juv Yellow-legged Gulls via @YouTube
18/07/2017 - 19:00 Ian Ballam Adult Yellow-legged Gull in Lytchett Bay
18/07/2017 - 13:30 Portland Bird Observatory Not too much at the Bill today: a Balearic Sh lingering offshore & plenty of Sand Martins thru + 2 YLGulls feeding on ants in the Hut Fields
17/07/2017 - 12:00 Mike Morse An early Whinchat at Bex this morning and a distant Y-l Gull through...Swallows and Sand Martins on the move first…
16/07/2017 - 08:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge no sign of the Roseate Terns since 0600 but Redshank, Curlew Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern and 12 Ravens
12/07/2017 - 09:00 Ian Ballam 2 Whimbrels and a YL Gull in Lytchett Bay again this morning @NarwhalSh @harbourbirds
11/07/2017 - 13:15 Mike Morse Our first juvenile Yellow-legged and Med Gulls this am. Also circa. 30 Manx lingering off-shore.
09/07/2017 - 21:15 Luke Phillips Juv Yellow-legged Gull, fledged juv Common Terns & best of all... juv Marsh Harrier! My first in Weymouth this year. @RSPBWeymouth Lodmoor.
22/05/2017 - 13:00 Retweet RT @metcow33: Sanderling, whimbrel and yl gull in stanpit night at high tide this am @CHOG_birds
28/04/2017 - 12:00 Luke Phillips Scruffy 2nd cal year Yellow-legged Gull @RSPBWeymouth Radipole.
10/04/2017 - 07:30 Ian Ballam 1 LRP on a distant scan of FP #LytchettFields and an adult YL Gull in bay @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
03/04/2017 - 10:00 Joe Stockwell Chesil 6:30-8:15: 7 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 (2w) Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover. Poor morning really!
19/03/2017 - 12:00 Steve Groves At least 4 Long-tailed Ducks in eastern embayment this am & 2 2nd cy Yellow-legged Gulls on back of the beach but not much else.
17/03/2017 - 14:45 Paul Watts I believe this to be a 1w yellow legged gull in retarded moult, from Poole Park today
16/03/2017 - 17:00 Steve Groves The 5 Long-tailed Ducks still linger; a few more Sand Martins around & the 2nd cy Yellow-legged Gull still but that's about it today.
12/03/2017 - 16:45 Brett Spencer @brettyebrant @PortlandBirdObs Nice to see some pictures of Yellow legged gull. I have difficulty with them at all plumages.
Name of species Yellow-legged Gull
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