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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Glaucous Gull at Chouet landfill

Soon after dawn I was at Chouet Landfill and one of the first gulls in the telescope was a 1st Winter Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) - my first in what has been a poor winter (so far) for "white-winged" gulls in Guernsey.

1st winter Glaucous Gull - Chouet landfill - 13 February - P K Veron

With continued cold weather (4 degrees C) and strong north-north-east winds giving a significant wind chill factor, I am not surprised that there appears to be a halt to Channel Islands nesting Lesser Black-backed Gulls returning to the islands. There were still circa 50 LBBGs at Chouet landfill this morning, but all three colour-ringed birds had returned some days or weeks ago (White 6.Z8, White 0.Z6 and White 9.Z5).

LBBG White 6.Z8 Chouet landfill - 13 February 2010 - P K Veron

LBBG White 9.Z5 13 February 2010 - Chouet landfill - PKV

LBBG White 0.Z6 Chouet landfill - 13 February 2010 - PKV

It was also possible to read a British metal-ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull - an adult - London FA54701. This gull is already known to me for I had seen it on 9th April 2009 on Chouet landfill Beach, Guernsey when it had been seen copulating with an unringed gull. This LBBG had been ringed as a 2nd Winter at a landfill near Hempsted, Gloucester, England on 31 January 1994.  I strongly suspect that this gull nests in the Channel Islands, but was caught and ringed when wintering in the UK.

LBBG London FA54701 Chouet Landfill 13 February 2010 PKV

44 colour-ringed Herring Gulls were recorded - including Green ACY (adult) from Les Ecrehous, Jersey (Ian Buxton) and Pale Blue B263 (1st winter) (from Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France - Christine Blaize). This gull had first been seen in Guernsey at Pembroke bay on 06/02/10.

Herring Gull Green ACY Chouet landfill 13 February 2009 - PKV

Four French-ringed Great Black-backed Gulls were recorded - all birds which had been seen earlier in the month - Green B.09, Green B.36 and Green E.95 (Chausey Islands - Seb Provost) and Blue 47D (Le Havre, Seine-Maritime - Gilles Le Guillou).

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