Antonio Gutierrez has seen Herring Gull White 1.XX6 at Meiras Beach, Valdovino, A Coruna, Spain today! Although relatively unusual, we do know that a minority of Guernsey Herring Gulls do migrate as far as Northern Spain in the autumn/winter. This record is of course more unusual because this adult female should be back in Guernsey for the breeding season. For whatever reason this gull is clearly not breeding in 2012. It was originally ringed in our garden (Ty Coed) in May 2009, and has been seen once before in Spain at the mouth of the Castro River, Lires in A Coruna in December 2010 by Xabi Varela. It was back in Guernsey though by late January 2011.
Herring Gull White 1.XX6 Lires, A Coruna December 2010 - (c) X Varela