Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)

STATUS AT LONGHAM LAKES

Common passage migrant and regular winter visitor in small numbers. Most numerous in spring.

Maximum numbers per month:

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2002  1  10  30
2003  1
2004  5  15  30  1  1
2005  10  1  4  1
2006  1   4  6  4   5   2   3   1  1  1
2007  5   5  5 15   2  5  1
2008 10 22  4  4  7   1
2009 12 14 44 33 17   1  1
2010 10  3 10 10   9 11 1   3   6
2011  20   9  10 10   2   6 14 10 3 3
2012 7 12 1 7 4 2 5 4 2 2
2013 5 1 16 2 1 3 7 4 3 1 1 1
2014 1 3 4 3 2 5 5 3 1 3 1 1
2015 2 4 2 2 2 4 3 4 2
2016  1 2 10 1 1 2
2017

Note:
On 25th April 2007 a very odd Lesser Black-backed Gull type appeared by the Quarry floods. Its exceptionally dark back, minuscule white wing mirrors and very long, tapered rear end all pointed to the possibility of Baltic Gull, a rare bird anywhere in Britain.

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