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Common Gull (photo courtesy Richard Clarkson)
Common Gull (photo courtesy Richard Clarkson)
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Iona

Iona

Small numbers of Common Gulls breed on the islands around Iona.

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The Common Gull is not common on NTS properties. Smaller numbers breed on the islands around Iona.

Look similar to the herring gull, with greenish legs and a yellow bill.

Food

Terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, fish taken by direct predation, piracy or scavenging.

Nest site

On small inshore rocky stacks, islets, islands, grass and rocky slopes and cliff ledges, shingle banks and sand dunes. Sites also near lochs, shingle bars, islets, pools, lochans, bogs, grassy and heather moorlands and on open ground. Nest shallow cupped structure of vegetation or seaweed.

Breeding

Mid May to mid June where 3 eggs are laid.

Wintering

Scottish birds mostly winter in the Irish Sea and Ireland.

Distribution

Terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, fish taken by direct predation of food piracy or scavenging.