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

YNU – BIRDS SECTION

 

RARITY DESCRIPTION FORM

 

SPECIES

 

Thayer’s Gull

Age/sex

1w

Date(s) and time seen

13:00  27.12.14

Place

 

Grid reference

County

 

Mirfield

 

SE 21975 19746

West Yorkshire

 

Observer

 

Jim Welford

Address

 

Email/Phone number

 

Other observers

 

Who first identified it?

Martin Gray from photos on Facebook UKgulls.blogspot.com

Any who disagree?

 

Optical aids

10x40 Opticron Binoculars

Distance from bird

100m

Was the bird photographed?

Yes

Have the photos been supplied/published?

Yes all my photos are here; https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.770717503002661&type=1

Photo by G Jepson from the following day here; http://www.birdforum.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=527137&d=1419976938

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

None

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.

 

Weather

 

Bright, clear, 0°C

Wind direction

No wind

Force

 

Light conditions

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

Visibility

Good

Rain, mist, etc

 

Cloud cover

 

No clouds

 

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