Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Species
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Summer plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on May 9th 2010.
Summer plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on May 9th 2010.
(1/1250th sec at f11. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Winter plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on October 7th 2018.
Winter plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on October 7th 2018.
(1/1000th sec at f16. Click image to see a larger version. © David Hastings)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Winter plumage. Taken at Radley Lakes, Oxon., on January 3rd 2018.
Winter plumage. Taken at Radley Lakes, Oxon., on January 3rd 2018.
(1/2500th sec at f13. Click image to see a larger version. © David Hastings)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon on August 19th 2016.
Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon on August 19th 2016.
(1/1600th sec at f10. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 35 - 39 cm; WS: 86 - 99 cm

The Black-headed Gull has a chocolate-brown (not black) head, but only in the summer. For the rest of the year its head is almost white, with just a black smudge behind the eye. This species has two age groups (three in late summer).

It can be found almost anywhere inland and on the coast.

Many Black-headed Gulls never see the sea, as the combination of inland reservoirs and rubbish dumps exactly suits their needs.

Black-headed Gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.

It has amber status on the British list. Around 138000 pairs breed in Britain, but over two million birds spend the winter here.

Sightings

20-Oct-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Oct-2019 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk
02-Oct-2019 : Weybourne, Norfolk
19-Sep-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Sep-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
14-Sep-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
08-Sep-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Sep-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Aug-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Aug-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-Aug-2019 : Crookham Common, Berks (10+)
17-Aug-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
11-Aug-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Aug-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Jul-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Jun-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon
18-Jun-2019 : Abingdon, Oxon
09-Jun-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
23-May-2019 : Waulkmill, Aberdeenshire
13-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
11-May-2019 : Abingdon, Oxon
09-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
07-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon
28-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Apr-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
14-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (7)
10-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
07-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
31-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Mar-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
24-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon
23-Mar-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon
23-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2500+)
17-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon
23-Feb-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon
17-Feb-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Feb-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
28-Jan-2019 : Thatcham Marsh, Berks
20-Jan-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
17-Jan-2019 : Slimbridge, Glos
09-Jan-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
08-Jan-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Jan-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon

31-Dec-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
20-Dec-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
16-Dec-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
16-Dec-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
09-Dec-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1+)
15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
14-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
31-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
20-Oct-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
16-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (37+)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
19-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (500+)
27-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (50+)
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (3)
26-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (50+)
24-Jun-2018 : Wasdale, Cumbria
23-Jun-2018 : Ravenglass, Cumbria
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
12-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon
11-Feb-2018 : Bury Down, Berks
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Jan-2018 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon

26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Jul-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon
02-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
14-Jan-2017 : Caulcott, Oxon
01-Jan-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (2)

03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain
05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants
30-Mar-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
25-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
08-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
07-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Jan-2016 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (6)

06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Nov-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Nov-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
01-Nov-2015 : Baulking, Oxon
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Jun-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset
30-Apr-2015 : Arne, Dorset
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
22-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Mar-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Mar-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
21-Feb-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
18-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
29-Jan-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon