"Melanin-compromised (female size) Herring Gull in the harbour Friday evening.. Beware of Glauc/Iceland reports up and down the coast. A nice Ghost Gull!.Think it's a good gull to warn the unwary. It was on the small side for HG, which is why I sexed it as female.
Saturday, 28 August 2021
Leucistic Herring Gull at Aberaeron
But, up and down the coast, at distance, it might be mistaken for an early White-winger..
Dippers were showy on the Aeron beyond the road bridge (2).
On 25th we met 10 Turnstone on Beach Rd beach again. Didn't meet them tonight.
As Phil says, a good gull to warn the unwary. . There have been quite a number of reports of a leucistic Herring Gull (or gulls) in recent years, particularly from Aberaeron. Something to bear in mind when claiming a Glaucous or Iceland gull.
Just to complicate matters further. there was a leucistic Common Gull around Aberystwyth for several years which often puzzled those who weren't aware of it.