Common Gull garden bird

Common Gull

Size:38-43CM, 14-16.5INC

The Common Gull is a remarkable, average sized gull; it is generally discovered all over the north of Europe, however, in Britain, Common Gulls reproduce just in Scotland, Ireland and in the north of England. They are, nevertheless, a lot more abundant all over Britain during the winter periods, plus they are fairly unique because of their murky yellow beak, legs and feet and piercing black eye.

You can come across them in more or less any locality, urban, or rural, coastal or inland. Common Gulls are regularly spotted in crowds with other Black-headed-Gulls, especially in the winter when they look for worms and insects on freshly cultivated fields. They are, undeniably, happier when they hunt out fish and alternate marine life in coastal surroundings. An average-sized gull, the Common Gull is noticeably bigger than the extremely popular Black-headed gull, although, it is visibly tinier compared with the two varieties of black-backed gulls and the classic 'seaside' gull, the herring Gull. Adult Common Gulls have an exclusive blend of entirely yellow beak and legs.

First-winter Common Gulls are fairly straightforward to recognise. Their head displays thick lines on their crown and cheeks. Their covering is dark grey and their wings display brown covers and tertials, whilst their flying feathers are black. Their backend and tail are white, dotted black, with a wide black deadly tail bar. Their under parts from lower breast to under tail are white.

  • When flying, young Common Gulls are full of differences. Their marked head, their dark back, their black, brown and grey wings, their white back ends and their huge tail band.
  • When flying, the dark wings of the winter adult are noticeable, with prominent black wing tips with bold white streaks. Search for their expansive white lagging border along the wing. A second-winter bird changes from the adult winter by owning extra brown on their outer wing, heavy grey marking on their head and drearier, more olive-coloured exposed parts.
  • In the summer, their head is shiny white and their beaks and feet are a dazzling yellow. Their eye shows a blood-red outer ring.