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Black-legged Kittiwake - Rissa tridactyla

Black-legged Kittiwake

Black-legged Kittiwake in winter plumage at Sagres harbour

An irregular winter visitor to the west and south-west coasts. In some years it is entirely absent while in others small parties arrive, probably linked to Atlantic storms, and linger for a week or so. The harbour at Sagres in mid-winter is as likely a venue as any.

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In flight, the solid black wing-tips are a distinctive feature

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