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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 Gulls and Skuas
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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.



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

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

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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 gorgeous Yellow-legged Gull at Ferrybridge this evening.

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22/09/2017 - 18:59
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And then the Yellow-legged Gull followed me to Lodmoor.

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08/10/2017 - 20:14
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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
15/01/2018 - 12:26 Ian Ballam

Adult YL Gull on French's Pools #LytchettFields @NarwhalSh @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

26/12/2017 - 09:47 Dorset Bird Club

Late news from yesterday: Black Brant at Middlebere for 20 minutes around 3pm, also 1cy Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Spoon…

21/11/2017 - 07:11 Brett Spencer

Dave Chown had a couple of crackers yesterday at Radipole. A 1st-cal yr Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gul…

22/10/2017 - 18:17 Marcus Lawson

No further sign of Caspian Gull but ad Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Spoonbill and 16 Brent Geese in Wareham Channel @harbourbirds

19/10/2017 - 14:45 Freddy Alway

Got soaked this morning but managed Y-b Warbler and 2 Firecrests in the nature res. Also 13 Meds, first double figure count of the autumn.

17/10/2017 - 08:47 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge this morning Pale-bellied Brent Goose with 630 Dark-bellied Brent, Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern

11/10/2017 - 18:49 Steve Groves

The 2 Cattle Egrets came in to roost again late afternoon as did a very smart adult Yellow-legged Gull.

08/10/2017 - 20:14 Brett Spencer

And then the Yellow-legged Gull followed me to Lodmoor.

08/10/2017 - 14:22 Brett Spencer

The 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull that was at Radipole has just dropped onto the west side of Lodmoor.

08/10/2017 - 12:45 Brett Spencer

Single 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull Radipole.

07/10/2017 - 08:20 Ian Ballam

2 YL Gull and 2 Ringed Plover so far in Lytchett Bay on a rising tide @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

04/10/2017 - 10:29 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge Pale-bellied Brent Goose with 240 Dark-bellied Brent, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 130 Med Gulls

01/10/2017 - 10:48 Brett Spencer

1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Ferrybridge.

30/09/2017 - 08:54 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge this morning 2 Little Stints, 16 Turnstone, 2 Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Sandwich Tern, Yellow-legged Gull

28/09/2017 - 21:05 Birds Poole Harbour

Little Stint in Holes Bay this eve is a great record. + Spoonill, c400 Blackwit, Greenshank, 1 YLGull, 41 Little Egret @DorsetBirdClub

26/09/2017 - 18:42 Brett Spencer

1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull this evening on Lodmoor, plus 4 Little Stints and Great White Egret.

26/09/2017 - 17:05 Ian Ballam

Yellow-legged Gull, Lytchett Bay, nice to compare the very fractionally darker grey on wings/back compared to BH an…

25/09/2017 - 08:57 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge up to 0900 125 D-b, Brent,1 P-b Brent & Teal west, 6 Barwit, Sanderling, Y-l Gull, Grey Wag, 2 Yel Wag, 2 Wheatear, Kingfisher

24/09/2017 - 12:50 Luke Phillips

1st w Yellow-legged Gull at #RSPBRadipole plus a Knot which is way rarer! @RSPBWeymouth @DorsetBirdClub

23/09/2017 - 07:21 Debby Saunders

Good morning from Ferrybridge Brent Goose and Yellow-legged Gull over so far

22/09/2017 - 18:59 Brett Spencer

The gorgeous Yellow-legged Gull at Ferrybridge this evening.

22/09/2017 - 16:54 Brett Spencer

Adult Yellow-legged Gull Ferrybridge.

21/09/2017 - 12:24 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge this morning Little Stint, 3 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot, 25 Turnstone, 5 Sandwich Tern, Yellow-legged Gull

20/09/2017 - 20:30 Marcus Lawson

Wareham Channel this evening: Spoonbill 25, YL Gull 8, Pintail 13. Packed with birds but very low tide & most birds distant @harbourbirds

20/09/2017 - 07:44 Ian Ballam

12 Wigeon, the Spoonbill , 1 YL Gull and 5 Little Grebe and the norm in Lytchett Bay at 720am @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

17/09/2017 - 16:56 Marcus Lawson

6 ad Yellow-legged Gull in Holes Bay this afternoon @harbourbirds

17/09/2017 - 15:38 Birds Poole Harbour

Decent spread of birds in my @WeBS_UK inc GW Egre, 104 Avocet and 3 YLGull off @RSPBArne @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

15/09/2017 - 17:15 Marcus Lawson

6 Yellow-legged Gull in NE of Holes Bay: 4 ad, 1 4cy & 2cy @harbourbirds

06/09/2017 - 19:46 Brett Spencer 1st-yr Yellow-legged Gull following plough with other gulls at Moonfleet this evening.
06/09/2017 - 11:08 Debby Saunders

Nothing different at Ferrybridge except Yellow-legged Gull and Whimbrel past, also 45 Meadow Pipits north (over to you, Ian 🙂)

04/09/2017 - 18:27 Debby Saunders

Yellow-legged Gull flew south past Southwell

02/09/2017 - 18:14 Retweet

RT @YeovilBirder: Ferrybridge this pm: Juv YLG flew up fleet and into harbour, 2+ Wheatears. This Barwit swimming with Gulls was an odd sig…

01/09/2017 - 18:55 Brett Spencer 1st-yr Yellow-legged Gull flew west up the Fleet at Ferrybridge, this evening.
27/08/2017 - 09:14 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this am 92 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, Barwit, Redshank, Sanderling, 16 Wheatear, 17 Yellow Wag, Grey Wag, 3 Grey Heron, Y-l Gull
21/08/2017 - 19:43 Dorset Bird Club Also Balearic Shearwater and juv Yellow-legged Gull with gull flock viewed from @PortlandBirdObs patio.
21/08/2017 - 18:36 Ian Ballam 1st time I've reached double figures for Yellow-legged Gulls in Lytchett Bay, 12 now on low tide @NarwhalSh @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub
21/08/2017 - 11:10 Joe Stockwell 3+ wheatear, juv YL Gull
20/08/2017 - 16:34 Mike Morse Not posted much lately as its been just routine stuff with Wheatears and Whinchat daily and the odd Y-l Gull to spice things up...
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