Checks of the Island's northern beaches over the past two mornings were very productive with 275 ring reads over the two days. It is very noticeable how the Lesser Black-backed Gulls are thinning out as more and more birds migrat mainly south - 45 colour ring reads of my local birds were taken. Of the 19 Great Black-backed Gulls recorded, two were well-known immature birds from France (Green J.60 from Chausey Islands - Seb Provost) and Blue 47D from Seine-Maritime (Gilles Le Guillou). Hopefully over the next few weeks we will begin to see this year's young from these two sites!
Herring Gull ring reads predominiated with 211 - all local birds. The pick of these were of course the 16 records of my 2011 born chicks! It was wonderful to see the first three of my fledged juvenile Great Black-backed Gulls too (one from Herm, one from Lihou and one from Bordeaux, Guernsey).
Antonio Gutierrez kindly sent me this photo (taken yesterday) of Pantin Beach on the NW corner of Spain. It isn't hard to see why Lesser Black-backed Gulls are thinning in Guernsey now - there are three of them in this photo of Antonio's!
Gulls on Pantin Beach, NW Spain - Antonio Gutierrez
LBBG Black 9F5 - Antonio Gutierrez
LBBG Black 0.K0 - Antonio Gutierrez
LBBG Black 0.H2 Antonio Gutierrez