My thanks to Antonio Gutierrez and Ricardo Rodriguez for some superb detective work in working out the code on a colour ringed GBBG in Spain. Very careful examination of photos confirmed the bird seen just over the French border at Plaiaundi, Irún, Gipuzkoa, Spain on Saturday 03 March 2012. Yellow 0.FF8 is the very first GBBG ringed in the Channel Islands to be reported from Spain. Until this record the furthest SW of any of our birds had been reported was Vendée, France. Yellow 0.FF8 was ringed as a chick on 22 June 2010 on Crevichon, Jethou. It was seen three times in Guernsey in August 2010, but then not again until its sighting in Spain.
GBBG Yellow 0.FF8 Gipuzkoa, Spain 03 March 2010