A superb hour at Chouet this morning resulted in 46 colour ring reads on my Lesser Black-backed Gulls. This included seven birds newly back for the year – all of which had been seen abroad over the autumn/winter (three in Spain, one in Portugal, two in France and one in both Portugal and Spain). A further four new birds were back yesterday, when a British metal-ringed LBBG was also read at Chouet landfill – London GJ49759.
Roland-Jan Buijs also kindly let me know today that LBBG Orange E104 (seen at Pembroke Beach, Guernsey on 30 March 2011) was back in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on 03 April! This gull was clearly in a hurry to get back to its breeding colony!