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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Another Excellent Morning at Chouet

Saturday 19th April proved to be another very fine morning at Chouet Landfill with c 250 gull colour ring readings taken in a two and a half hour session. Although the weather was a bit dull many of the birds were close so towards the end of the session I spent a little time with the camera.

Colour ring gulls at Chouet landfill (c) PKV

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Return of Two Long-Distance Migrant LBBGs

The highlight of the last few days has been the sightings of Lesser Black-backed Gulls B3AH8 (today) and B9K5 (on 5th April). Both gulls were amongst several hundred colour ringed gulls recorded on the beach this past week. Both gulls were ringed as adults at Chouet Landfill in May 2011 (B9K5) and May 2012 (B3AH8), and both are long-distance migrants.
B9K5 has spent every winter since being ringed on Gran Canaria, The Canary Islands (although last autumn it was also seen in early October at Quarteira, Faro, Portugal on its way south). 
B3AH8 is the only Guernsey-ringed LBBG so far to be reported from Mauretania, where it was seen on 1st February 2014.
Maps of these two incredible birds' journeys are included below, as are a few photos of these special birds!
 The flights of LBBG Black 9K5
The flights of LBBG Black 3AH8

 LBBG B3AH8 Chouet landfill Beach 11 April 2014 (c) PKV
 LBBG B9K5 Chouet Landfill Beach 10 April 2014 (c) PKV

LBBG B9K5 Bocabarranco, Gran Canaria winter 2011/12 - (c) X Ramirez

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Just Like Days of Old...!

Although it's been a good start to the season for recording colour ringed gulls Chouet Landfill Beach has, so far, not quite been as exciting as in previous years. However, yesterday reminded me of the Halcyon days for the site with a large number of gulls settled for a long time, and much territorial and courtship display on the beach. The rising tide brought the gulls closer and closer. Only the dull weather prevented some really excellent photographs (by my standards). In just under three hours c 250 colour ring readings were taken.
 Chouet Landfill Beach

 LBBG Black 9K5 is now back from another winter in the Canary Islands!

 Locally Colour Ringed LBBGs - several courting
 LBBG Ringed in Portugal

Locally Colour Ringed GBBGs - all photos (c) PKV