On the 30th November 2010 I was walking past the front of our unit on the fish docks, Lowestoft, and upon looking up I saw what appeared to be a smallish gull.
Upon closer inspection, a dodgy record shot on my mobile phone, and some help from the local experts at the Lounge Lizard the gull was identified as a juvenille/1st winter Iceland Gull.
This was a first for me, as I had often seen other peoples finds, but this one was mine, so I was really pleased.
The gull seemed to prefer our dockland areas, with the Hamilton Dock being its mainstay area.
When finding a bird of interest, its always handy when they hang around for a little while, giving everyone the chance to see it.
So what do we know about Iceland Gulls?
Iceland Gulls are non-breeding visitors to our shores from the Arctic. Numbers of these gulls vary from year to year, but typically there would be no more than 100 records per year.
About the size of a large Common Gull, the Iceland is one of the so called "White Winged Gulls" as primary feathers are white as opposed to black, like our native gulls.
Other white winged gulls would be Glaucous, Ivory and Ross's Gulls.
Here are some pictures of the Iceland Gull @ Hamilton Dock.
Gull present for over 5 months as of 08/05/2011
This is my original record shot from Nov 30th 2010!
And here are some slightly better pics!
On the Ice!!
5 months as of 30/4/2011!!