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Our local flock of Black Headed Gulls which arrived at the middle of October have now been joined by a common gull. Every winter we have a small flock of Black Headed Gulls which hang around perching on roof tops and T V aerials looking for scraps in back gardens. Every year they have been joined by one common gull which makes no attempt to search for food itself but watches the Black Headed Gulls and tries to grab any food that they find in much the way a skua behaves.

I first noticed this behaviour on the Thames at Putney and when I retired here 21 years ago I found exactly the same behaviour. If they follow the same pattern as in former years this small flock with their parasitic follower will stay with us all the winter.

Geoff Hemmings

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