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Gulls in the West Midlands Region

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Mediterranean Gull
Laughing Gull
Franklin's Gull
Little Gull
Sabine's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Black-headed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Common Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
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This site presents data and images relating to gulls, primarily in the West Midlands Region (the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the metropolitan county of the West Midlands).

The status of the commoner species is summarised, with breeding information where appropriate, and maximum counts from  roosting sites are provided. For scarcer species such as Mediterranean Gull, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull and Caspian Gull detailed analyses of annual, seasonal and geographical distributions are presented. For the truly rare species, with fewer than 30 records in total (such as Bonaparte's Gull, Franklin's Gull and Ring-billed Gull), all records are tabulated. References to key printed texts by other authors and the URLs of some other useful gull web-sites are listed.

A gallery of images of selected forms is included. Some have been taken at long range and have been selected to illustrate typical and atypical individuals, the range of variation, the progress of moult, and sometimes purely as noteworthy 'record shots'.

Most pictures of the commoner species are my own, taken primarily at sites in the West Midlands Region. Other pictures, of some of the scarcer species visiting the West Midlands Region, have been supplied by Roger Clay, Graham Evans, John Harris, Phil Jones, John Judge, John Mallinson, Steve Nuttall, Steve Seal, Peter Stewart and Andy Warr. Their photographs significantly enhance the breadth of interest of the 'Picture Gallery'. Much of the underlying raw numerical data comes from the West Midland Bird Club's Annual Report and principal thanks go the observers contributing their observations and to the compilers of the Annual Reports. Several of the analyses are updates of articles previously published by the author in the West Midland Bird Report, in the journal British Birds and in the magazine Birdwatch.

Also included is a study of 'Roof-top nesting gulls within the Birmingham boundary' by J. Winsper

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ŠAlan R. Dean
Other than raw numerical data, no material or images from this site may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author

Citation:  Dean, A. R2000 et seq.  Gulls in the West Midlands Region.