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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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28 January, 2011

Common Gull (Larus canus)

This may be the Common Gull but here in Dorset it is far from common. This is very much a bird of the northern areas of Britain but they do head to the south coast in winter in some numbers.

I have a problem with identifying them in flight but when you get to see one like this one perched on my neighbours roof it is a bit easier. They are about the same size as the Black-headed Gull but bear very little resemblance to them and they are smaller than the Herring Gull and have a green bill and legs not yellow. They also lack the red tip to the bill that the Herring Gull has.

As with many gulls in Dorset, one of the best places to see them is Radipole Lake RSPB reserve and it is always worth looking amongst the Black-headed Gulls standing in the car park as you will often find a few Common Gull's in amongst them.