Despite the light rain this morning, I was able to enjoy a very successful couple of hours at Chouet, with another 150 gull cr reads - today mostly Herring Gulls (but c 50 LBBGs). The most exciting bird was LBBG Black 0.R2 , ringed as a chick on Alderney in July 2009, and then back on Burhou last summer. In December 2012 it was spotted in NW Spain.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
In what was a very relaxed and enjoyable (if a little chilly) three hours at Chouet landfill today, I recorded 283 colour rings - 153 Herring Gulls, 122 LBBGs and 8 GBBGs.With the tide high many gulls loafed on flat areas in the landfill making ring reading quite straight forward. Amongst the LBBGs were a few of my chicks ringed in 2009 and 2010. I am always very pleased to see these birds coming home as they approach breeding age!
Gulls at Chouet Landfill (c) PKV
Friday, May 10, 2013
Last weekend visiting birder Dave Murray also visited Sark, and recorded another 20 of our colour ringed gulls there. The majority were Herring Gulls, although Dave also read one cr LBBG and a British metal-ringed LBBG (originally ringed in Gloucestershire, England in February 2004). It is always very valuable to have gull ring reads from the other islands of the Bailiwick in summer as it helps to suggest where some of the gulls caught at Chouet are actually nesting. A real bonus was also some very nice photos taken by Dave.
Gulls at Sark Harbour (c) Dave Murray
Sunday, May 5, 2013
On Saturday morning Dave Murray and I enjoyed a superb gull spectacle at Chouet landfill. Many thanks (as ever) to Mel on site for getting us into an excellent position both to read rings and also photograph gulls! With Dave behind the camera, I focused entirely on ring reading. In several hours we notched up more than 250 ring reads between us (roughly evenly split between LBBGs and Herring Gulls with a few GBBGs for good measure! It was a really fantastic gull experience. Below is a selection of Dave's excellent photos to remind us of another wonderful session in the landfill!
All Photos (c) Dave Murray