This morning’s tide was perfect for an hour’s observation at Chouet before work – and it proved to be a fantastic session with no less than six different colour ringed returning Lesser Black-backed Gulls being seen for the first time this year. These included one of my “favourite” birds White 7S6 (the first ever from my scheme to be seen outside the Channel Islands). This bird has been a regular at Matosinhos, Portugal in the autumn/winters for the past three years – with the last record there being 17 December 2010. Also returning today were White 6.Z8 and Black 1.U9 - both gulls that had been seen at landfills in Maine-et-Loire, France last autumn/early winter and Black 2.F0 which spent six weeks on the beaches of NW Spain from early September 2010.
Herring Gull numbers were impressive with several thousand birds on the beach (c 100 local colour ring readings were taken). Great Black-backed Gulls were a little more numerous that in recent weeks with 60+ birds including two of the 1st winter birds (Green H.03 and Green H.24) ringed on the Chausey Islands, France in summer 2010.
LBBGs that were seen today in Guernsey - freshly arrived fronm their winter travels
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