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Saturday, July 25, 2015

The end of the Breeding Season for Gulls

With the end of the breeding season approaching for most of the island's gulls, many of the adults and the first of the juveniles are gathering on the beaches. My first colour ringed adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls are already in the Bay of Biscay, and within days now I expect reports from Northern Spain. The migration is very spread out though, with some of the birds remaining here until late August/early September.
I've already seen juvenile Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls n the beaches, and numbers should now grow through the rest of July and into August...before many adult Herring Gulls move south-west to the sandy beaches of western France, where they will moult.
Gulls at Chouet Landfill Beach (c) PKV

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