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Sabine's Gull Xema sabini

Sabine's Gull Photo Index

Rare visitor. Twenty-four records (27 birds) up to 2017.


Sabine's Gull breeds in the Arctic tundra and, during its pelagic migrations, it is a regular autumn visitor in small numbers to British coastal waters. It is very rare inland and most, though not all, records are in the aftermath of westerly gales.

In the West Midlands region there have been 24 records (one involving two individuals and one involving 3) : 11 (13 birds) in Staffordshire, 5 (5) in Warwickshire and 8 (9) in Worcestershire. Eight individuals were adults, 3 first-summers, fifteen juveniles and one age unspecified.. Eleven records were during September, six during October, six in August (one of which remained into September) and one  in June (involving a remarkable three first-summers on June 24th 2017).



Blithfield Reservoir, adult, September 11th 1976.

Belvide Reservoir, juvenile, October 1st 1982.

Blithfield Reservoir, juvenile, September 25th 1983.

Blithfield Reservoir, adult, September 10th 1990.

Blithfield Reservoir, juvenile, September 30th 1995.

Blithfield Reservoir, juvenile, October 6th & 7th 1996.

Blithfield Reservoir, juvenile, October 6th 2001.

Blithfield Reservoir, juvenile, September 24th 2006.

Westport Lake, juvenile, August 31st 2008.

Belvide Reservoir, juvenile, September 7th - 14th, 2011, visiting Gailey Reservoir, September 9th & 10th.

Belvide Reservoir, 3 first-summers, June 24th 2017.


Coleshill, juvenile, October 2nd 1883.

Draycote Water, adult (or possibly first-summer), September 30th 1981.

Draycote Water, juvenile, September 10th 1989.

Draycote Water, adult, August 11th 2014

Napton Reservoir, age not given, August 9th 2017.


Bittell Reservoirs, adult, August 15th 1948.

Upton Warren, juvenile, September 13th & 14th 1994.
Westwood Park, juvenile, September 15th 1994 (same as Upton Warren).

Wilden, juvenile, September 20th 1997.

Trimpley, juvenile, October 11th 1997.

Bittell Reservoirs, juvenile, October 13th 2007.

Upton Warren, August 20th - September 3rd, 2009.

Westwood Pool, 2 adults, August 26th, 2009.

Upton Warren, juvenile, September 21st & 22nd, 2016.

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