Med Gulls have a very distinctive mewing call that will often make you aware of their presence, although this time of year the jet black hood and white wings make them stand out from a crowd. This week there has been a flock of about 100 gulls feeding on the local pasture, with a peak of 40 of them being Med Gulls. All of the birds present have been adults, identified by their pure white wing tips with the only black being the leading edge of the outer primary. They were mostly were paired up and were very vocal calling to each other constantly.
|Two adult Mediterranean Gulls|
|Two adult Mediterranean Gulls - note the thin black line on the leading|
edge of outer primary on the first bird
|Three adult Mediterranean Gulls - all birds in full adult summer plumage|
|Adult Mediterranean Gull (right) with adult Black-headed Gull (left) -|
note the white leading edge to the primaries on the Black-head and the dark
underside to the primaries. A stark contrast to the adult Med Gull
|Adult Mediterranean Gull, with full black hood, white wings and red legs and bill|
|Adult Mediterranean Gull (left) and adult Black-headed Gull (Right) - note |
the full black hood of the Med Gull but the incomplete brown hood of the Black-
head, that does not extend down the back of the head and the neck.