In the summer of 2014 it was clear that Humfrey had somehow sustained a serious injury to his left leg. He was unable to put any weight on it at all, it hung limp while he was flying and obviously made landing very difficult. People were very concerned how he would survive in that condition.
Humfrey regularly perches on our garden walls that border the South West Coast Path overlooking the beach. It was obvious in the summer that he could only stand and land on one leg and he did look as if he was in some discomfort.
The RSPB describe Herring gulls as "large, noisy gulls found throughout the year around our coasts and inland rubbish tips, fields, large reservoirs and lakes, especially during winter. Adults have light grey backs, white under parts, and black wing tips with white 'mirrors'. Their legs are pink, with webbed feet and they have heavy, slightly hooked bills marked with a red spot. Young birds are mottled brown. They have suffered moderate declines over the past 25 years and over half of their UK breeding population is confined to fewer than ten sites".
Herring Gulls are in the Red category of conservation importance. Red is the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action.