A couple of hours at Chouet landfill this morning enabled more very close encounters with several thousand gulls - mostly Herring Gulls. As well as recording c 120 of my locally colour-ringed birds, I simply enjoyed watching the birds feeding. Amongst perhaps 80 Great Black-backed Gulls there were relatively few ringed birds (six) - all local apart from a 1st winter ringed as a chick in Portland Harbour last June (P:35A). About ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls were seen, including Black 5AK5 (ringed in May 2012 at Chouet and last seen in Guernsey on 18 September at L'Erée Beach, Guernsey. There were no reports of this bird over the winter.
Herring Gulls Feeding at Chouet landfill
LBBG Black 5AK5 back in Guernsey