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Sunday, December 5, 2010

An Early Northbound Lesser Black-backed Gull!

Some fascinating news came in today from Benjamin Griard regarding Lesser Black-backed Gull Black 3.C6 - an adult male ringed on 28/05/10 at Chouet landfill, Guernsey. Benjamin saw this gull yesterday at Sonzay Landfill, Indre-et-Loire, France (313km SE of Guernsey). This in itself is not unusual for I am discovering that a minority of LBBGs breeding in the Bailiwick of Guernsey winter at the landfills in NW France. What makes Black 3.C6 rather special is that this very gull was recorded by Salva Garcia on 05 September and 30 October this year at Malaga Port, Southern Spain (some 1432 km south of Guernsey). I expect my first breeding LBBGs to return to Guernsey by mid January so maybe Black 3.C6 will be one of the first to return next month. It will be really interesting to see.

My theory that no Lesser Black-backed Gulls breeding in Guerney remain in the Islands in November/December is still intact! The last observation of a Guernsey colour-ringed LBBG in Guernsey was taken in mid October!
LBBG Black 3.C6 at Chouet landfill 27 July 10 - PKV

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