birding, birdwatching, British birds, Lesser black-backed gull, Lesser black-backed gull chicks, urban gull chicks
As I meander around the local area on my daily walks, I’ve been keeping an eye out for more examples of Lesser black-backed gulls nesting in our urban environment. For the birds, I guess any small flat space on a roof top is the same as a ledge on a cliff face, and they are certainly very good at finding and using those spaces for their nests. Both of today’s examples are from the health care sector, the first on top of a building at Llandough Hospital and the second, with two well-grown chicks, on the rooftop of Nuffield Health Cardiff Bay Hospital.
I find it hard identifying gulls, and mostly I have to refer to the book . Your picture looks very similar to a Yellow Legged Gull, as it has a lighter grey back. I’m certainly no expert, and not trying to question your judgement its just that your post prompted me to look at the RSPB site. .
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I think it’s the light in the photo that may have misled you, Dave, as these are definitely all Lesser black-backed gulls. I watched them flying, landing, with other gulls. Also, though we have occasional Yellow-legged gulls in this area in the winter, I’m fairly sure they don’t breed locally – I think the majority head to Europe for the breeding season.