One of my longest-living birds has just been recovered. A European Shag (F11228) , which was ringed as a chick in June 1989 on Jethou, was found dead in Guernsey in June 2011 - making this bird just over 22 years old! Considering that the majority of Shags die over their first winter, this bird was a real survivor.
Gull watching was very quiet this morning, although Chouet Beach looked gorgeous in the early morning sunshine.
Shag Chicks June 2011 - PKV
Grande Fauconniere (ringing site for 22 year old Shag) - PKV
Chouet Beach 13 July 2011 - PKV