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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Return of Two Long-Distance Migrant LBBGs

The highlight of the last few days has been the sightings of Lesser Black-backed Gulls B3AH8 (today) and B9K5 (on 5th April). Both gulls were amongst several hundred colour ringed gulls recorded on the beach this past week. Both gulls were ringed as adults at Chouet Landfill in May 2011 (B9K5) and May 2012 (B3AH8), and both are long-distance migrants.
B9K5 has spent every winter since being ringed on Gran Canaria, The Canary Islands (although last autumn it was also seen in early October at Quarteira, Faro, Portugal on its way south). 
B3AH8 is the only Guernsey-ringed LBBG so far to be reported from Mauretania, where it was seen on 1st February 2014.
Maps of these two incredible birds' journeys are included below, as are a few photos of these special birds!
 The flights of LBBG Black 9K5
The flights of LBBG Black 3AH8

 LBBG B3AH8 Chouet landfill Beach 11 April 2014 (c) PKV
 LBBG B9K5 Chouet Landfill Beach 10 April 2014 (c) PKV

LBBG B9K5 Bocabarranco, Gran Canaria winter 2011/12 - (c) X Ramirez

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