|So, here's a first view. Note the juvenile plumage, but also the distinctive head shape, with the sloping forehead making the bill look really snouty.|
|Appear longer necked than local Herring Gulls.|
|Compare the head and bill profile with the Herring Gull above.|
|The head and bill profile looks Glaucous Gull like in my opinion.|
And now a couple of 1st-winter plumaged Herring Gulls below, for comparison. Scandinavian Herring Gulls moult later than our own, so it is not unusual to see them in juvenile plumage, even into January. There are still Herring Gulls locally with the odd retained juvenile rear scapulars, but the other features render them easily identifiable as normal Herring Gulls.
Locally, December and January is the peak time of occurrence for Scandinavian Herring Gulls, so, get looking at them Herring Gulls. Once you get onto one, they do have a distinctive look about them.
Last Monday, I went to see Siberian Chiffchaff that had taken up temporary residence at Portland Castle.
|A classic, in both plumage and call.|
|Note the faint buff wash to the throat, breast and fore flanks, lacking sulfur yellow streaking.|
|The Siberian Chiffchaff with a Common Chiffchaff. Note the more olive tones and yellowy undertail coverts of the Common Chiffchaff.|