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(7th June 2016)

Jim Welford has submitted a sightings report for Thayer's Gull at Mirfiled.







Thayer’s Gull



Date(s) and time seen

13:00  27.12.14



Grid reference





SE 21975 19746

West Yorkshire




Jim Welford



Email/Phone number


Other observers


Who first identified it?

Martin Gray from photos on Facebook

Any who disagree?


Optical aids

10x40 Opticron Binoculars

Distance from bird


Was the bird photographed?


Have the photos been supplied/published?

Yes all my photos are here;

Photo by G Jepson from the following day here;

Species present for comparison

Herring Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull

Which species were alongside the bird

As above

Observer(s) experience of the species


Observer(s) experience of similar

species same day or previously


Iceland Gull in Scarborough about 6 years ago, Kumlien’s Gull at Barmston 2 years ago.




Bright, clear, 0°C

Wind direction

No wind



Light conditions

Bright sunshine, unfortunately I waspretty much looking into the sun.



Rain, mist, etc


Cloud cover


No clouds


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