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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gulls Relaxing at Bordeaux harbour, Guernsey

At lunchtime I took a quick look at Bordeaux harbour on the north-east coast of Guernsey. With low tide c 50 Herring Gulls and 30 Black-headed Gulls were resting on the beach.

Bordeaux Harbour (Herm Island in background) - P K Veron

Amongst the Herring Gulls was White 5.XX9 - ringed as a chick in June 2009 on Longue Pierre islet (to the north of Herm), and White 1.RR0 (ringed as a 1st summer female on 10 May 2009 in our garden at Ty Coed).

Herring Gull White 5.XX9 at Bordeaux - P K Veron

Herring Gull White 1.RR0 - Bordeaux harbour - P K Veron

I also came across Great Black-backed Gull Green E.87 (which I had seen earlier in the day at Chouet landfill). Ringed on Chausey Islands - Seb Provost.

GBBG Green E.87 at Bordeaux Harbour - P K Veron

To finish off I popped into the adjacent Banque Imbert car-park (where gulls are often fed scraps by people at lunchtime). Jersey E 15061 (1st winter) Herring Gull was tame enough to read the metal ring here. This bird was ringed as a chick in June 2009 at Jerbourg Cliffs by Chris Mourant.

Herring Gull E 15061 Banque Imbert - P K Veron

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