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Ringed Great-black backed Gulls in Hastings

 A couple of interesting colour ringed GBBG's have been tracked down in Hastings recently. The first, Blue 99c was spotted by Andrew Grace on the boating lake on Jan 18th, Andrew followed this up and discovered it was ringed as a chick [poussin] at Le Havre on June 24 2008. It was then sighted regularly in northern France, until being seen at Hastings in Sept 2015, with three more sightings there before Andrew spotted it. His pictures on his blog show that it is one of a pair, I had seen these too and wondered if they were the pair-one of few in Sussex-which have nested on a roof in Torfield annually since 2014. Looking at my photos, mostly intended to show the sturdy juvs, over several years, I saw that one of the adults did indeed bear a ring similar to the one pictured this year, though I can't see the number. I hope to confirm this summer.

 

On Feb 19, again at the boating lake, there was a different ringed bird, yellow 6AA8; after contacting a chain of ringers I discovered that this one was ringed as a chick on Guernsey on June 17 2014, was next sighted in Devon in Sept 2015, where it remained till at least Sept 2018, being next seen by me in Hastings this year.

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