Meditterean Gull is not a rare bird now in Northern Ireland but it used to be! The first five published records are below:One: Belfast Lough, County’s Down/Antrim, 1st September 1956. Ruttledge 1958.
One: Copeland Islands, County Down, 27th August 1958. Ruttledge 1959.
One: Kinnegar, Holywood, County Down, 6th September 1958. Ruttledge 1959.
One: Immature. Quoile Pondage NNR, Downpatrick, County Down, 27th February 1973. Preston 1973.
One: Immature. Portstewart, County Londonderry, 28th March to 14th April 1974. Preston 1976.
This first winter bird was at Greencastle, Lough Foyle on Sunday.