LBBG White 8.Z0 home from Portugal - Chouet landfill Beach - photo P K Veron
Less than 50 Great Black-backed Gulls were in Chouet landfill this morning, but this included two French birds – both from Chausey Islands, Manche (Seb Provost). Green A87 ringed as a chick on 01/07/07 (seen nine times in Guernsey since 16/10/08), and Green E.87 ringed as a chick on 02/07/09 – then seen at Portland Bill, Dorset, England on 22/10/09 (Martin Cade) before first being seen in Guernsey on 02/01/10.
GBBG Green A87 Chouet landfill - photo P K Veron
After being closed on Sunday, c 1,500 Herring Gulls were feeding voraciously at Chouet landfill. 57 local colour ringed birds recorded including White 1.XX7 (ringed as an adult male on 25/05/09 in our garden in Guernsey), which had been seen on 25/10/09 at Beddington Sewage Farm, Greater London, England (Johnny Allan). It is noticeable now how several Herring Gulls which have been recorded away from the island over the autumn/winter period are now turning up in Guernsey again.
Herring Gulls at Chouet landfill 24 January 2010 - photo P K Veron
Finally another dozen locally colour-ringed Herring Gulls were seen on Chouet landfill Beach, along with an adult Herring Gull carrying a Blue 493 (orange code) – one of the Severn Estuary Ringing Group’s birds (Peter Stewart).
All in all an excellent gull watching session before work!