Lihou Island (from Guernsey) 05 March 2010 - PKV
Lissroy (gull nesting site), Lihou 05 March 2010 - PKV
Hanois Lighthouse from Lihou - 05 March 2010 - PKV
We were very surprised yesterday to see the gulls scatter...with the culprit landing on a rock only 30 metres in front of us. It was a Snowy Owl - presumably the same bird which wintered on the island in 2008/09. This bird remained well into June feasting on gull chicks. Fledging success for gulls on Lihou in the summer of 2009 was very poor - due in no small measure to the presence of the predatory Snowy Owl!
The surprise of today's visit was the sighting of a partial albino Lesser Black-backed Gull. I have seen this bird feeding at Chouet landfill over the past two mornings, but only managed to photograph it on Lihou this afternoon.
Partial albino Lesser Black-backed Gull - Lihou island 05 March 2010 - PKV
Meanwhile...Chouet landfill has been very productive over the past three mornings...with the return of yet more of our Guernsey cr Lesser Black-backed Gulls. So far this spring I have now tracked back 67 of our marked gulls. Several had been reported over the autumn/winter in Iberia and France.
Tipping Face Chouet landfill 05 March 2010 - PKV
LBBG White 2.U0 Chouet Landfill 04 March 2010 - PKV
LBBG White 2.U3 Chouet Landfill 04 March 10 - PKV
LBBG White 3.U0 Chouet landfill 04 March 2010 - PKV
LBBG White 3.U0 when ringed at Chouet landfill June 2009 - PKV
LBBG White 7S5 Chouet landfill 05 March 2010 - PKV
LBBG White 7S6 Chouet landfill 04 March 2010 - PKV
It has also been a good few days for recording some passage birds with two cr Lesser Black-backed Gulls from Peter Rock's project based in SW England - Red D.M and White B:B.
LBBG White (green code) B:B - Chouet landfill 04 March 2010 - PKV
LBBG Red D.M Chouet Landfill 04 March 2010 - PKV
I was also very pleased to see back in Guernsey Lesser Black-backed Gull Blue CHN (originally ringed in the winter at Gloucester landfill, England) (Severn Estuary Gull Group). This gull summered in Guernsey in 2009 - and is almost certainly a Channel Island nesting gull.
LBBG Blue CHN - Chouet landfill 04 March 2010 - PKV
Unusually I was also able to read several metal only ringed birds in the landfill - all Lesser Black-backed Gulls - three British, one Belgian and several Channel island-ringed birds including one of mine ringed as a chick in Sark in 1992.