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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Lesser Black-backed Gull in The Gambia!
One of the Lesser Black-backed Gull chicks ringed on Burhou in July 2010, and which was recorded by Michael Davis at Quarteira, Faro, Portugal in Octoberof that year was reported by Clive Barlow from Tanji Bird Reserve, The Gambia on 15 February 2012 - a straight line distance of 4,256 km! Although a small minority of LBBGs from Western Europe are known to winter this far south, this is the first evidence that Channels Islands birds make such long migrations. The photos below show just how advanced this gull is in its moult...and the Clive Barlow's photo shows the gull in rather illustrious company at Tanji!
I am very very happy with this amazing report!
LBBG Black 6.T5 Tanji, The Gambia - 15 February 2012 - Clive Barlow
LBBG Black 6.T5 Quarteira, Faro, Portugal 02 October 2010 - Michael Davis