Lesser Black-bakced Gull Larus fuscus

A common species in Norfolk during spring, summmer and autumn, present in smaller numbers during winter. Large gatherings may sometimes be found at pig farms, often containing a few Yellow-legged Gulls. Two races occur commonly: graelsii which breeds in the UK (including in Norfolk where it first bred in 1978 but now breeds in good numbers) and intermedius, which is a common passage migrant (sometimes outnumbering graelsii in autumn). The nominate race fuscus, known as Baltic Gull and sometimes treated as a distinct species, is probably a rare but regular visitor to the UK but identification criteria are not yet sufficiently understood to allow formal acceptance of records other than ringing recoveries (although many gull-watchers consider that some individuals are identifiable).

I am a long way from mastering gull identification and although I often pick out older examples of Yellow-legged Gulls among flocks of Lesser Black-backed Gulls, I have identified very few younger birds. This leads me to suspect that I am overlooking younger birds and so it is perhaps possible that there are "Lesser Black-backed Gulls" shown here that are in fact overlooked Yellow-legged Gulls (or other taxa). If you think I have misidentified any then please get in touch.

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 10th September 2013

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cosmeston (Glamorgan, UK), 23rd February 2012

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, MV Sapphire pelagic trip (Scilly, UK), 7th August 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, MV Sapphire pelagic trip (Scilly, UK), 8th August 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, MV Sapphire pelagic trip (Scilly, UK), 11th August 2012

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, MV Sapphire pelagic trip (Scilly, UK), 11th August 2012

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, MV Sapphire pelagic trip (Scilly, UK), 11th August 2012

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, MV Sapphire pelagic trip (Scilly, UK), 11th August 2012

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, MV Sapphire pelagic trip (Scilly, UK), 11th August 2012

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, MV Sapphire pelagic trip (Scilly, UK), 12th August 2012

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, MV Sapphire pelagic trip (Scilly, UK), 12th August 2012

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Davidstow (Cornwall, UK), 6th October 2007

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Davidstow (Cornwall, UK), 6th October 2007 - same bird as above

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Davidstow (Cornwall, UK), 7th October 2011

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blakeney (Norfolk, UK), 12th November 2005

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cosmeston (Glamorgan, UK), 23rd February 2012

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Chapel Point (Lincolnshire, UK), 23rd August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Hayle (Cornwall, UK), 7th October 2005

 

Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Grange-over-Sands (Cumbria, UK), 28th December 2011

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 6th July 2004

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 26th June 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Bylaugh (Norfolk, UK), 6th September 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Bylaugh (Norfolk, UK), 6th September 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Bylaugh (Norfolk, UK), 6th September 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Bylaugh (Norfolk, UK), 6th September 2008

 

Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Bylaugh (Norfolk, UK), 25th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blackborough End (Norfolk, UK), 18th April 2009

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 8th June 2004

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 8th June 2004

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 17th June 2004

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 20th July 2004

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Farne Islands (Northumberland, UK), 13th May 2004

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blackborough End (Norfolk, UK), 31st March 2009

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 13th August 2004

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 26th September 2004

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blackborough End (Norfolk, UK), 7th December 2003

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 1st July 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 18th September 2003

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 18th September 2003

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 4th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 5th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 12th April 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 19th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 20th September 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 24th April 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 27th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 27th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 27th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 27th October 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 29th July 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 30th July 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 31st July 2008 - I think every photo in this set shows a different bird

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 15th July 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 16th July 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 22nd March 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 30th July 2008

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 22nd March 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 18th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 20th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 18th August 2008

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 20th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 15th September 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 16th August 2011

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 15th September 2010

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 12th August 2011

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 6th May 2011

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 4th September 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 11th July 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 4th August 2008

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 4th September 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Tattersett (Norfolk, UK), 25th May 2004

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Tattersett (Norfolk, UK), 12th July 2004

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 20th August 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gulls (with Barnacle Geese), Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 20th September 2004

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Tattersett (Norfolk, UK), 22nd July 2004

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 3rd July 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kings Lynn (Norfolk, UK), 20th February 2001

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 10th May 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, St Just Airfield (Cornwall, UK), 8th October 2000

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Saddlebow (Norfolk, UK), 2nd January 2005

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 15th September 2003

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 30th August 2008

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 20th July 2008

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 4th September 1999

 

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Lesser Black-backed Gull, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 5th June 2015