Hands Up Who Like Gulls A Family Of Birds That Gets Bad Press

The wonderful Dolphin Gull what a spectacular species from Southern Argentina.

Following an amazing reaction to a tweet on social media platform Twitter about loving gulls we thought maybe a bird blog, or rather a gull blog, might be popular? The tweet asking "hands up who likes gulls" has had 361 likes, 26 retweets and an amazing 26 comments in under six hours! So gulls are much more popular than we thought which is great news. If you read some of the UK's Tabloid Press and see headlines like "Seagull carried off my dog" and "Killer Gulls Attack" it is easy to see why some folks are not so keen on these seabirds. Of course these stories are utter nonsense and are simply there to sell copies no matter about facts or science. But some fools do believe them and as a result gulls are not everyones number one bird. Living here in Llandudno, a seaside resort, on the North Wales coast we see some conflict between us humans and the poor Herring Gulls who were of course in residence long before the kiss me quick hats and ice-cream arrived. Some visitors love to feed the gulls and the gulls love to be fed, they see people with food and move in! Sometimes they get a little to bold and take food when it is not being offred. This is where the conflict starts folks don't like having their sandwiches snatched and the gulls are not popular with the victim of the mugging. But with a little awareness and common sense these problems are easily avoided and we could all love our gulls. Give it a go, stop and watch gulls they are wonderful birds.

Med Gull with Black headed July 1

Let's take a few moments to celebrate our wonderful gulls - Mediterranean and Black-headed Gull

Sabines Gull on water 4

This adult Sabine's Gull was enjoyed far inland at Pennington Flash, Greater Manchester.

With today's strong winds, 20 August 2020, across the west of Europe many seabirds are on the move and a friend of ours counted over 1,300 Sabine's Gull past the coast of North-West Spain, heading north. Hopefully more seabirds will appear around our coasts in the next few days, certainly worth getting to the coast if you can.

Ring billed Gull Dingwall 2

This adult Ring-billed Gull was watched on a park lake in the Highlands of Scotland.

Another species to look out for after fast moving Atlantic depression make landfall in the UK in Autumn, though much rarer than they used to be for some reason? First identified in the UK in the late 1970's these muscular "Common Gulls" were found in gull flock across the UK in the 1980's and early 1990's but then less and less often.

Swallow tailed Gull 1

Perhaps THE best looking gull in the whole world? Swallow-tailed Gull from the Galapagos Islands.

Glaucous Gull Mull 1

A juvenile Glaucous Gull that showed well on the Isle of Mull, Scotlands.

Iceland Gull Pensarn March 16 3

A juvenile Iceland Gull that we enjoyed on the beach at Pensarn, North Wales.

Check out the beak on this Kelp Gull! Watched in Argentina November 2019.

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