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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Migration at its Most Exciting - the flight of LBBG Black 1AA5!

Lesser Black-backed Gull Black 1.AA5 is an adult which breeds in Guernsey, but winters in central Spain. I last recorded it in Guernsey on 16 August 2012 - then on 31 August it was seen by Tono Salazar at Comillas Beach, Cantabria on the north coast of Spain - a straight line distance of 693 km from Chouet, Guernsey: a very nice observation, but not a record breaker for we now have a number of records of our LBBGs reaching NW Spain within 72 hours of their last sighting in Guernsey. However...Black 1AA5 was obviously in a hurry to reach its wintering grounds for the very next day it was seen by Miguel Juan and Juan Ruiz at Colmenar Viejo Landfill, Madrid a straight line distance of 307 km! Another inspirational example of avian migration at its best! 
LBBG Black 1AA5 at Chouet on 16 August 2012 shortly before it migrated south to Iberia.

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