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American Herring Gulls - photos and video of birds seen in Kerry

American Herring Gulls are among the most difficult of species to identify. Several have occurred in Co. Kerry. Below is a selection of photos and video of confirmed occurrences in the county with the earliest records are at the top of the page.


American Herring Gull, Dingle, February 2002 (Chris Batty).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, February 2002 (Chris Batty).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, February 2003 (M.O'Clery).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, February 2003 (M.O'Clery).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, February 2003 (M.O'Clery).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, February 2003 (M.O'Clery).


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American Herring Gull, Dingle, 4th April 2004 (C.Batty).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, 4th April 2004 (C.Batty).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, 10th April 2004 (E.Dempsey).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, 10th April 2004 (E.Dempsey).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, 10th April 2004 (M.O'Clery).

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American Herring Gull, Dingle, 31st May 2005 (M.O'Clery).


American Herring Gull, Dingle, 31st May 2005 (M.O'Keeffe).

American Herring Gull, Dingle, 21st April 2005 (Ed Carty).



American Herring Gull, Blennerville, 20th July 2010 (David O'Connor).


American Herring Gull, Blennerville, 20th July 2010 (David O'Connor).

A good candidate for a third calendar-year American Herring Gull, Blennerville, 9th April 2007. A heavily mottled and heavily built bird with a jet black tail, though it is not possible to totally rule out Herring Gull.

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