A really enjoyable, action-packed weekend saw me spend half an hour at Chouet with Tim Earl on Saturday morning. Tim had already recorded a good number of my cr Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls by the time I arrived. On Sunday morning, Chris Mourant and Phil Alexander joined me for two controlled catches of gulls in the garden. Conscious that we wanted to finish handling any gulls caught before the day warmed up too much we took a couple of small catches - finishing the 2011 summer season with 25 more Herring Gulls. And then...finally...on Sunday afternoon, Catherine, Sophie and I took our little boat to count fledged (or near fledged) Herring Gulls along the stretch of coast from the Town Harbour to St Martin's Point - perhaps a mile or so. We counted 12 very large chicks, with three more in the gull flock in Fermain Bay. All in all - a delightful weekend!
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