'Incredibly rare' gull spotted in Bolsover

An 'incredibly rare' gull has been spotted in Bolsover- and it's only the seventh time the bird has been seen in the county.

The bonapartes gull was sighted by an eagle-eyed local birder Mark Beavers, at Carr Vale Nature reserve.

The Bonapartes gull.

The Bonapartes gull.

He said: "I noticed an interesting gull on the middle flash standing next to a black-headed gull, but clearly smaller and not a little gull.

"I was chuffed with the pomerine skua that visited on the 17th (May) but this is infinitely better.”

Bonapartes gulls breed in Canada and Alaska and spend the winter in Southern Canada and America, so this one was certainly a long way from home.

The reserves mixture of open water, marsh, wet and dry grassland, scrub and trees attracts a rich variety of birds throughout the year.

More info here: www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/carr-vale-flash.