Following the 2010 breeding season, the earliest returning gull was back in Guernsey on 13 November (two birds from nearby Manche). A further six Herring Gulls returned in December, with the majority (14) being seen again in Guernsey in January. One of the two birds that was known to have wintered in northern Spain was back home by 22nd January. There are no doubt still many birds to arrive back in the Islands ahead of the 2011 breeding season. However…it is notable how early some of the Herring Gulls return to the island – especially compared to Lesser Black-backed Gulls, which of course travel much further distances south to winter in Iberia (majority) and NW Africa.
Herring Gull White 3.JJ5 Charente-Maritime, France - September 2010 - Julien Gernigon