British wildlife recordings

Herring Gull in gale

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:03:02

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001420 BD12

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1960s

  • Recording locations

    OS Grid Reference(284500,90500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Herring Gull, Larus argentatus

  • Description

    This is a recording of a herring gull caught in a gale (location unspecified). Herring gulls are noisy sociable birds which form colonies along coastal regions of the British Isles, venturing more inland during the winter months. These gulls are typical scavengers which will eat almost anything. Consequently they are a familiar site around rubbish tips and refuse areas. Distinctive features of the herring gull are pink legs and a heavy yellow bill marked with a red spot, as well as its loud wails and laughing calls.

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