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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

More Guernsey Lesser Black-backed Gulls Come Home

Another very quick trip to Chouet at lunch time resulted in the sighting of six of my colour ringed Lesser Black-backed Gulls. These included White 0.Z6, 1.T6 and 3.V2 – all of which I had already recorded back in the island this spring. However, there were also three new birds. White 9.T9 is a favourite gull of mine. It was ringed as an adult in Chouet landfill on 06/06/09, and was then recorded twice in July at Chouet, Guernsey. However…on 02/08/09 it was already at Esmelle Beach, A Coruna, Spain where Antonio Gutierrez and Paco Veiga then recorded it on 23 days up until it was last seen on 16 October 2009.

LBBG White 9.T9 Esmelle Beach, A Coruna, Spain - Sept 09 - Antonio Gutierrez

LBBG White 9.T9 Chouet landfill, Guernsey 23/02/10 - PKV

LBBG White 5.T0 was also ringed as an adult on 04/06/09 at Chouet landfill. It was seen at the landfill a couple of times up until 20 July 2009. It was next recorded on 26/08/09 Champteusse-sur-Baconne, Maine-et-Loire, France (Alain Fossé). It was also seen there on 02 and 21 September 2009.

LBBG White 5.T0 Chouet Landfill Beach July 2009 - PKV

LBBG White 5.T0 at Chouet landfill 23/02/10 - PKV

Finally White 1.U7 – another adult (male) ringed on 06/06/09 at Chouet landfill was seen back in Guernsey for the first time this spring. Unusually…this was the first sighting of this gull since ringing.

LBBG White 1.U7 Chouet landfill 23/02/10 - PKV

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