Dec 262014

Gulls are very often seen flying over Bracken House, but none have ever landed in the fields or gardens until today. Never has a bird come close enough to be identified, but a Black-Headed Gull was seen feeding in the fields for most of today.

Black-headed Gull (6)

Black-headed Gull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not really a black-headed bird, more chocolate-brown – in fact, for much of the year, it has a white head, as was noted today. It is most definitely not a ‘seagull‘ and is found commonly almost anywhere inland. Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.

They are the commonest inland gull, particularly in Northern England, Scotland and Wales. Large colonies are found along the south and east coasts of England. They eat worms, insects, fish and carrion.

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