What a difference a few days and 1,200 km distance make. At Eirol Landfill, Aveiro, Portugal last week I saw 10,000 LBBGs (including 25 Guernsey colour-ringed birds). Today back home in Guernsey at Chouet landfill I recorded (as expected) precisely zero! Over the six winters I've been studying gulls on Guernsey, LBBGs remain scarce in winter with perhaps only 10-20 birds on the Island on any winter's day.
Despite this lack of my favourite gull, Chouet landfill was still excellent this morning. I had a thoroughly enjoyable two hour session recording just over 200 of our locally cr Herring Gulls, along with 18 GBBGs (which included three French birds (two Manche and one Seine-Maritime), one Cornish bird (Looe Island) and one Norwegian (Vest-Agder).
Gulls at Chouet Landfill
GBBG Green M79 - from Iles St Marcouf, Manche, France
GBBG White L:BC4 from Looe Island, Cornwall