We are pleased to report…

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

On a murky day, when you might expect there wasn’t too much of interest to see on the Island’s coast…

That Yellow OA5 who we last saw in a post dated 12th October 2011 frequenting exactly the same spot, but looking like this…

Appears to have all but survived another winter, plus, acquired full adult plumage - at nearly fourteen years of age.

Creatures of habit are we.

À bétôt!

Edit: Once again, I am grateful to Guernsey seabird recorder Paul Veron for an evening update. Between these two Channel Island sightings: 15 October 2001 at Le Petit Port, Jersey and 04 February 2010 at Chouet Landfill, Guernsey - OA5 spent time on Gloucester Landfill, recorded there on 04 November 2009 – some 308 kilometres or 191 miles north of today’s encounter.

Paul’s fascinating blog here: http://guernseygulls.blogspot.com/

Edit#2 24.02.2012: OA5 is male, Peter Rock, one of the UK’s leading experts on urban gulls has confirmed. Please have patience with gulls this nesting season - often simply occupying the niches WE provide. An article in the Observer from 2010 makes interesting reading – War on urban gulls may be deadly blow to species in decline

Edit#3 27.02.2012: You live and learn ~ we like it best that way! Société Jersiaise seabird sage Ian Buxton advises that in October last year’s image, OA5 is in fact in winter plumage - grey streaking on the head being characteristic. This is particularly pronounced in OA5, who has very likely been in full breeding form each spring, since he reached four or five years of age…