Signs of the advancing summer this morning (apart from the fabulous unbroken sunshine and warm temperatures) were an increase in mating amongst all three of the large gulls nesting in Guernsey, and a noticeable further drop off in the number of adult gulls loafing at Chouet landfill and its associated beaches. Clearly many of the mature gulls are now focussing on their 2010 breeding attempt.
GBBGs mating at Chouet landfill Beach - PKV
Only 16 ringed LBBGs were recorded (none new for the spring). Interstingly a couple of them may have left and just returned as they had not been recorded for over a month, despite my daily checks.
LBBG White 1.U1 CLB - PKV
LBBG White 3.T4 - CLB - PKV
LBBG E 5954 (originally ringed as a chick on Sark in July 1994) Chouet Beach - PKV
Last night Sophie, Catherine and I went to Pulias Headland on the north-west of Guernsey to watch the sunset - as it is meant to be redder than usual as a result of all the ash in the atmosphere. We were not convinced...but it was nevertheles a lovely sunset.
Sunset at Pulias Headland, Guernsey - 18 April 10 - PKV
Sunset at Pulias - 18 April 10 - PKV