What I thought was a very modest session at Chouet landfill this morning with very flighty gulls and difficult viewing conditions...and only eight cr LBBGs recorded...in fact was a fantastic session! This is because LBBG White 8.Z0 was showing very nicely at the tipping face. This gull was ringed in May 2009 at Chouet and it already has a very nice long life history of sightings involving sightings in France and Portugal. However...my last observation of this gull was on 10 December 2012 some 2,200 km away at Anza Beach, Agadir, MOROCCO! I remember this observation so well...and am in awe of the incredible journey this gull has made. Observations such as this provide the greatest thrill of my birding these days!
Another of the cr LBBGs I recorded back today for the first time this spring was White 9.T5, a bird now in its 21st year. I originally ringed this bird as a chick on Burhou, Alderney in July 1992, and we added the colour ring at Chouet in June 2009 (since when it has been recorded in France and Spain).
LBBG White 8.Z0 at Anza, Agadir 10 December 2012 - PKV
LBBG at Chouet Aug 2010 - PKV
LBBG White 9.T5 at Chouet in May 2012 - PKV