After a very busy week at work and home, with very little gulling, it was wonderful to spend a couple of hours on Saturday morning at Chouet Landfill. Although the weather was a bit dull, with showers and a stiff breeze, I was able to enjoy wonderful views of the gulls as they fed at the tipping face. It was very noticeable that there has been another increase in immature LBBGs present - mostly 2nd and 3rd summer birds, but also the occasional 1st summer bird. Amongst these birds were a couple of my chicks ringed on Burhou in 2009 and 2010. A Belgian-ringed bird was also present - Blue N.CAG. I was also very pleased to finally be able to read a Portuguese metal ring on an adult LBBG Lisboa M011613. I had seen this bird several times in the past few weeks, but hadn't been able to secure all the digits on the code.
I was also intrigued to se Yellow-legged Gull White 1CA9 feeding - supporting the view that this adult bird is at least summering n the islands (as in 2011)...if not breeding in a mixed pair with Herring Gull!
Also at this time of the year I really enjoy watching the LBBGs pairing and displaying - all in all a really wonderful session at Chouet!