One of the juvenile gulls had found a fisherman's lure in the shape of a small fish and was tossing it around being chased by other gulls. I was rather perturbed to see that it still had a triple hook attached at one end! I saw the same lure a while later still being played with, but minus the hooks, so I hope it had dropped off rather than been swallowed.
I spent a little while watching a very white-headed and white-bellied first winter gull, hoping that it might be something interesting - it certainly stood out from the crowd. However, it always looked like a Herring Gull and when it opened its wings, it displayed a classic Herring Gull pattern. It is surprising how pale these first winters can get at this time of year. I know some of the northern argentatus can be pale, but this did not look big enough for argentatus and was probably just a bleached argenteus.
|Just a Herring Gull|