The following tables summarise the results of a review by SBRC of all Yellow-legged Gull records on the Scottish List, from the first seen in Scotland in 1998 to 2009.
This review, first advertised in Scottish Bird News in 2009 (Scottish Birds 29: 231), was initiated to ensure that all records of Yellow-legged Gull on the Scottish List fulfilled identification criteria published by SBRC, both in Scottish Birds (McInerny 2009) and on the SOC website.
In some cases SBRC felt that though records were likely to be Yellow-legged Gulls, they lacked essential identification features (usually detailed description of the wing-tip pattern) now known to be important for the safe identification of this species. To overturn a previous acceptance required a vote of at least 5-2 against, with such records classed as “not proven”.
The review resulted in the acceptance of 25 descriptions, which, when returning birds are taken into account, equate to 17 records of 19 birds. In contrast, 16 records of 17 birds were removed from the Scottish List, including the first six published records. The review thus results in the first accepted record for Scotland being an adult seen at the Ugie Estuary (North-east Scotland) on the 15 August 1998.
Since the initiation of this review, one more record of Yellow-legged Gull has been accepted by SBRC, an individual at Stevenston Point (Ayrshire) on 11-20 August and 11 September 2009. So, as of May 2011, for Yellow-legged Gull, there are 18 records of 20 birds on the Scottish List.
I thank all members of SBRC for their contribution to this review, and Dr Chris Gibbins for his input with one of the records.
McInerny, C. 2009. Scottish Birds Records Committee criteria for identification of Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis. Scottish Birds 29: 220-222.
Chris McInerny, on behalf of SBRC, May 2011
|adult||Ugie estuary, North-east Scotland||15 Aug 1998|
|adult||Ythan Estuary, North-east Scotland||28 Jun 1999|
|3rd-4th s||Ugie estuary, North-east Scotland||9-10 Jul 2000|
|adult||Strathclyde Country Park, Clyde||9-13 Dec 2000, 7 Jan – 4 Feb 2001|
|adult||Strathclyde Country Park, Clyde||6 Jan – 4 Feb 2001|
|adult||Loch of Cliff, Burrafirth, Unst, Shetland||10 Jan 2001|
|adults (2) (R)||Strathclyde Country Park, Clyde||9 Nov 2001 – 6 Jan 2002|
|adult||Hogganfield Loch, Clyde||3 Feb 2002|
|2nd s||Ullapool, Ross & Cromarty, Highland||18 Jun 2002|
|2nd w/3rd s||Tayport, Fife||21 Jul 2002|
|adult||Loch Gruinhart, Islay, Argyll||1-7 Sep 2002|
|adult||Peterhead, North-east Scotland||31 Dec 2002 – 16 Mar 2003|
|adult (R)||Hogganfield Loch, Clyde||2 Feb 2003|
|adult (R)||Strathclyde Country Park, Clyde||22 Feb, 9 Dec 2003|
|adult (R)||Strathclyde Country Park, Clyde||18 Jan – 25 Feb 2004|
|adult (R)||Strathclyde Country Park, Clyde||25 Feb 2004|
|adult/4th s||Lossie Estuary, Moray & Nairn||30 Mar – 4 Apr 2004|
|adult||Troon Harbour, Ayrshire||25 Feb – 5 Mar 2005|
|adult (R)||Strathclyde Country Park, Clyde||3 Feb 2006|
|adult (R)||Troon Harbour, Ayrshire||17-28 Feb 2006|
|adults (2)||Lossie Estuary, Moray & Nairn||29-30 Jun 2006|
|3rd cy||Peterhead, North-east Scotland||27 Aug – Nov 2006|
|adult||Seafield, Lothian||2 Jan 2007|
|adults (2) (R)||Strathclyde Country Park, Clyde||6 Jan – 23 Feb 2008 (1), 17-21 Feb 2008 (2)|
|adult||Bettyhill, Sutherland, Highland||22 Jun 2008|
(R) = returning birds
|adult||Kirkwall, Orkney||20 Apr 1989|
|adult||Doonfoot, Ayrshire||6 Jan 1991 – 6 May 1995|
|adult||Doonfoot, Ayrshire||16 Apr 1997|
|adults (2)||Doonfoot, Ayrshire||28 Jul 1997|
|adult||Soa Point, Tiree, Argyll||23 Feb 1998|
|adult||Blairbowie/Martanham Loch, Ayrshire||20 Apr, 8 May 1998|
|adult||Barassie, Ayrshire||17 Aug 1999|
|adult||North Ronaldsay, Orkney||2 Sep 1999|
|3rd s||Tayport, Fife||11 Aug 2000|
|4th cy||Tayport, Fife||24 May 2001|
|3rd s||Tayport, Fife||22 Jul 2001|
|3rd s||Tayport, Fife||16-27 Jul 2002|
|adult||Leven, Fife||18 Feb 2005|
|adult||Greengairs, Clyde||8 Jan 2006|
|adult||Newmains, Reston, Borders||3 Jan 2007|
|adult||Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway||5 Apr 2009|