OK - it may have been a week late...but this weekend got the "Guernsey Gulls" year off to a very nice start! Firstly a 90 minute watch at Chouet on Saturday produced 17 cr GBBGs - including one Norwegian bird (Black JH617) ringed as a chick at Kristiansand, Vest-Agder in June 2011, five French birds, an English bird (Orange PF9T.) from Rainham, Great London, and 10 of my own cr birds! In addition I took 80 cr of my own Herring Gulls.
Following the recent gales, it wasn't surprising that an Iceland Gull (1st winter) and a Glaucous Gull (sub-adult) turned up (Iceland Gull see on 2nd and 6th January and Glaucous Gull seen on 6th January). Fortunately the Iceland Gull was showing very well at Chouet Landfill Beach on Saturday 7th.
GBBG Black JH617 Chouet Landfill Beach
GBBG Black 45J
GBBG Orange PF6T. Chouet
GBBG Yellow 0.HH2
Iceland Gull - 1st Winter
Gulls at Chouet Landfill Beach
And then...on Sunday Chris Mourant, Phil Alexander and I managed to catch three gulls in the garden at Ty Coed. It was hard work, with the gulls showing interest in the food, but still being very cautious. Nevertheless when an adult Great Black-backed Gull landed in the trapping area it was too good a chance to miss - so we ringed an adult GBBG and two 1st winter Herring Gulls.
PKV and GBBG Yellow 1.AA3 Ty Coed