On 13th January 2010 Lesser Black-backed Gull (LBBG) White 8.Z0
was seen at Porto de Lagos landfill, near Portimao, Algarve, Portugal
by Stef Waasdorp. Today this gull is back home here in Guernsey…although to be accurate it actually nests in one of the colonies on Sark
. Given the cold weather here I’m surprised it hasn’t stayed longer in Portugal, but it was noticeable today that several new LBBGs have arrived. There were 10 birds on Chouet landfill Beach, and as well as White 8.Z0 there was White 1.T6
. This Lesser Black-backed Gull was ringed as a chick in Sark in 1999, and caught in our garden in Guernsey in May 2009 as an adult female (when the colour ring was added). Although I saw this bird 15 times in 2009 (last on 16th August), there were no reports of it over the winter period.
LBBG White 8.Z0 home from Portugal - Chouet landfill Beach - photo P K Veron
Less than 50 Great Black-backed Gulls
were in Chouet landfill this morning, but this included two French
birds – both from Chausey Islands
, Manche (Seb Provost). Green A87
ringed as a chick on 01/07/07 (seen nine times in Guernsey since 16/10/08), and Green E.87
ringed as a chick on 02/07/09 – then seen at Portland Bill, Dorset, England
on 22/10/09 (Martin Cade) before first being seen in Guernsey on 02/01/10.
GBBG Green A87 Chouet landfill - photo P K Veron
After being closed on Sunday, c 1,500 Herring Gulls
were feeding voraciously at Chouet landfill. 57 local colour ringed birds recorded including White 1.XX7
(ringed as an adult male on 25/05/09 in our garden in Guernsey), which had been seen on 25/10/09 at Beddington Sewage Farm, Greater London, England
(Johnny Allan). It is noticeable now how several Herring Gulls which have been recorded away from the island over the autumn/winter period are now turning up in Guernsey again.
Herring Gulls at Chouet landfill 24 January 2010 - photo P K Veron
Finally another dozen locally colour-ringed Herring Gulls were seen on Chouet landfill Beach, along with an adult Herring Gull
carrying a Blue 493
(orange code) – one of the Severn Estuary Ringing Group’s birds (Peter Stewart).
All in all an excellent gull watching session before work!