With so many gull colour ring reports coming in every week now, I rarely pick out individual birds for mention in this blog, but I'll make an exception for Black 2AS0. Ringed as a chick on Burhou, Alderney in July 2012, this gull spent its first winter around Madrid, Spain (being recorded several times from landfill sites there from 24 February to 14 April 2013). It was not recorded all summer, but then spent the autumn on Guernsey's west coast (where I recorded in it from 05 September to 01 November). Only nine days later I caught up with this gull again 1,100 km away on Meira Beach, Coimbra, Portugal. This was not the only gull I had been watching in Guernsey during the late autumn, which I saw in Portugal on my recent trip...but there is something truly awesome following the spectacular lives of such inexperienced birds as they try to survive the most difficult and dangerous years of their lives.
LBBG B2AS0 Burhou July 2012
LBBG B2AS0 Colmenar Viejo Landfill, Madrid 24 Feb 2013 (c) Delphin González
LBBG B2AS0 Pinto Landfill, Madrid 14 April 2013 (c) Delphin González
LBBG B2AS0 15 March 2013 Pinto Landfill, Madrid - (c) Javier Marchamalo