Conservation status: Amber
A small, dainty gull. Adults in summer have black heads, while young birds have a black mark on each wing which forms a 'W' pattern. In flight adults show a pale grey upperwing, with no black wingtips, and a very dark grey underwing.
Little gull - adult in breeding plumage
Little gull - first winter in flight
Little gull - adult in non-breeding plumage
Where to see them
Seen around UK coasts from July to April. In late summer and autumn birds are largely seen between Tayside and Yorkshire, with smaller numbers further south. In spring birds can be seen around the Irish Sea with concentrations in places like the Alt estuary.
When to see them
Between July and April, with the largest numbers in spring and late summer/autumn.
What they eat
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