Mediterranean Gull

An unusual but now regular visitor to the reservoir since the first record in 1992.

adult winter mediterranean gull, kev ilsley 87

12/10/92 - Single adult in full winter plumage. (BS)

25/11/93 - Single adult in flock; Remained until 28/11 when it flew at 15:45 & departed south, perhaps to roost on the Devon coast. (BS, DWH)

13/12/96 - Single adult. (BS)

13/10/97 - Single 1st winter bird. (DWH)

20/10/98 - Single adult in full winter plumage, seen at 17:00, bathing with Black-headed Gulls & flew south 10 minutes later. Seen again on 21/10 at 16:30. (DWH)

??/11/98 - Single adult winter. (AJB)

28/11/99 - Single 2nd winter bird. (DWH)

03/10/00 - Single adult winter also on 05/10

03/12/00 - Single adult winter

22/02/01 - Single adult summer plumage also on 25/02

02/03/02 - Single bird (AG)

14/03/04 - Single adult summer

14/07/04 - 2 birds in adult summer and 2nd summer plumage (DWH)

02/10/04 - Single second winter bird

30/01/05 - Single bird

07/02/05 - Single adult summer stayed 2 days

15/02/05 - 3 birds (DWH)

15/02/07 - Single adult winter

31/07/07 - Single in 1st summer plumage

10/10/07 - Single adult winter

28/10/07 - Single adult winter

25/02/08 - Single adult winter

13/03/08 - Single second winter bird

05/12/09 - 2 adult winter birds

2010 - Recorded on 7 dates, mostly single adults in January to March with 2 adults on 01/02 and a first winter bird on 14/02

2011 - Recorded on 8 dates in October and one in December, mainly singles with 2 birds on 07/10/, 10/10 and 16/10

2012 - Recorded on 7 dates in November and January all single adults apart from 2 (adult plus first winter) on 22/01

2013 - Mostly singles recorded on 12 dates, mostly in February, October and December. Notably 1 juvenile on 23/07 and 4 birds 26/10

2014 - Recorded on 7 dates in October to December. Singles apart from 3 on 3/10, 2 on 12/10 and 2 on 5/11

2015 - Recorded on 10 dates over 6 different months. All adults apart from a 1st year bird on 23/08, 24/08 and 31/08

2016 - Mostly singles recorded on 9 dates in 4 different months and covering the plumages of 1st winter, 2nd winter, juvenile and adult. Notable was the juvenile on 20/08 and 4 adults on 04/03