Very exciting news was received today from Dutch ornithological researcher Tom van Spanje who, together with Mammadou Hamat Ndongo, observed a Guernsey-ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull in Mauretania – our first report from this country! In fact only one other Channel Islands’-ringed LBBG has been reported further south than this gull (a chick ringed on Burhou in July 2010 which wintered in The Gambia before returning to its natal colony where it was found dead last summer). B3AH8 was watched on Wharf Beach in Mauretania's capital city of Nouakchott – more than 3,700 km from its place of ringing at Chouet Landfill. It will be very interesting to see where this bird may be reported during the summer of 2014, so that we can know if this is a locally breeding gull, or one that was ringed while still on passage through Guernsey in May 2012.
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