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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Bonaparte's Gulls in Cardiff Bay - 2 bird theory

 Looks like 2 different Bonaparte's Gulls at Cardiff Bay today. 4 of mine from this afternoon above and 3 from Peter Howlett taken this morning below. The dark mark on the outer primaries showing very distinctly on Peter's photos but only a slight trace on the right wing on the bird I saw this afternoon. Both probably returning birds from last year, but certainly worth checking any photos from this year and previous years to see if a clearer picture will emerge.
© P.Howlett
© P. Howell
© P. Howlett
This bird does show a slightly extended hood & wing pattern which the top photos do not. There were two birds present last year on 30th March 2014, when at least 5 different observers saw two together. 

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