Relict Gull becomes a common bird again
During short trip to Alakol in mid June 2012, we were interested to see how easy or difficult it now is to see Relict Gull in the area of Alakol Lake, where it was a common bird around 10 years ago. The population then declined and the species disappeared completely for few years. During last 3–4 years Relict Gulls have started to return, and their population has been steadily growing (see our previous articles). Our observations show that Relict Gulls have again become common in certain areas of Alakol Lake, as it was in the mid 1960s, when it was first described as new species to science (Auezov, 1970).