The highlight today (without a doubt) was the return of LBBG White 6S7. This was only the 2nd gull to be colour ringed for my project (on 28/05/08). I saw it 13 times over the spring and summer of 2009 - all at Chouet, Guernsey. However, when I last saw this bird on 11 August 2009 it had a crippled left leg and I actually wrote in my field book that I thought the leg was broken. The gull looked in a pretty poor condition. I feared that this bird would not survive its autumn migration, let alone the whole winter. Imagine my joy today when it turned up at Chouet Landfill looking in tip top condition without even the sign of a limp on its (once) seriously damaged leg. Gulls never cease to amaze me with thier powers of recovery (given half a chance).
LBBG White 6S7 on 02/08/09 (just before I thought it broke its left leg) - PKV
I will post further information on the past few days when I get a chance on Monday.