Common and Black-headed Gulls flight-feeding over ragwort

On the west coast of much of the Outer Hebrides is found the machair, a stretch of flat sandy soil used mainly for growing a mixed crop of rye and oats for animal fodder. Landward of this there are often large patches of common ragwort Senecio jacobaea. In August 1973, on South Uist, we often saw mixed flocks of approximately equal numbe


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