On a very windy and damp morning at Chouet Landfill Beach, my first returning colour ringed LBBG was amongst eight LBBGs - Black 7F0. This bird had been ringed as an adult at Chouet in May 2011, and I saw it eight times during the summer up to 22 September. It was then seen in mid-October at Slapton Sands, Devon, England...but not again over the winter.
This is the first record of one of my cr LBBGs in Guernsey since 01 December - just over 7 weeks ago. This bird heralds the vanguard of the 2012 arrivals back on the breeding grounds - although based on previous years experiences it wouldn't be that surprising if Black 7F0 made several more trips to southern England before settling back onto his territory for the season.
Gulls at Chouet Landfill Beach - January 2012 - PKV
The other highlight this morning was another sighting of a splendid adult Yellow-legged Gull on the beach at Chouet.