Mew Gull (Larus canus)
(aka Common Gull)
Common Gull, Yell, Shetland, Scotland, May 2004 - click for larger image Scotland

The Mew Gull breeds in northern Europe, across northern Asia and into Alaska and north-west Canada. In winter it moves south or disperses internally as in the British Isles. Unlike most gulls it seems equally at home inland on moors as it is on the coast.

2nd summer Common Gull, Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, May 2003 - click for larger image It is a lot smaller than Herring Gull Larus argentatus and slightly larger than Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus. It has a smaller head than Herring Gull and looks "friendlier".

The second photo is, I think, a second summer bird showing a yellowish-grey bill with a black tip.

Common Gull, Langamull, Mull, Scotland, June 2005 - click for larger image
Common Gull, Langamull, Mull, Scotland, June 2005 - click for larger image
Common Gull, Loch Inchard, Scotland, May 2005 - click for larger image

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