Black-headed gulls

Recent arrivals to the park are small flocks of black-headed gulls, these birds will spend the winter on our lakes before returning to their breeding sites in the spring. They aren’t too picky about what they eat and will even visit rubbish tips to scavenge food; those in the park have learn’t to take the floating duck pellets during the waterfowl feeds.

Despite their name the birds actually have a dark brown head during the breeding season and a white head for the rest of the year. Young birds take two years to attain their full adult plumage.

The brown markings show that this is a young black-headed gull
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