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Glaucous Gull

A species from the Arctic that occasionally arrives in Dorset in severe winters 

Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

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Common Name Glaucous Gull
Scientific Name Larus hyperboreus
Species Group Birds Gulls Skuas and Terns
Status Rare
Interest Level
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A large, stocky grey gull without black tips to the wings 

Identification Notes


  • This is a rare species and statistically you are unlikely to see it but if you do ...

  • Try and get a second opinion if you can and/or try to get the best photograph you can

  • Be sure to report the sighting to the Dorset Bird Club saying where you saw it and why you think it was this species

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Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

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Birds Gulls Skuas and Terns