Common Gull (Larus canus)

Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on January 6th 2017.
(1/250th sec at f14. © David Hastings)


L: 40 - 42 cm; WS: 110 - 130 cm

The Common Gull looks like a smaller version of the Herring Gull, but it has greenish legs and a yellow bill. For most of the year three age groups are recognizable.

It is resident in Scotland and coastal parts of east Anglia, but can be found inland during the winter.

Breeding habitats include coasts, islands, marshes, rivers and inland lakes.

The Common Gull has Amber status on the UK list. There are around 49,000 breeding pairs, and over 700000 birds spend the winter here.


07-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Jan-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

31-Dec-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
16-Dec-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
21-Jun-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
26-Nov-2017 : Hitchcopse Pit, Oxon (1)

16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (3+)