A species unjustly maligned…

Posted on: October 12th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

What's your story Yellow OA5?

And what's your number Larus argentatus?

Both herring gulls were in the same group photographed at 14h29 12 October 2011 on Le Grouet Slip, St Brelade, Jersey. In 2009, the RSPB placed the European herring gull on its 'Red List' of threatened bird species, affording it the highest possible conservation status. Larus argentatus can reach 40+ years of age. Hopefully more information to come about Yellow OA5…

Evening Edit: I'm grateful to the Ornithology Section of the Société Jersiaise for advising that Yellow OA5 was originally ringed by the late Bob Burrow, very likely as a nestling, at Noirmont on 23 June 1998. A data point in the States of Jersey funded project to research the exchange between urban and cliff nesting gulls. Previously sighted nearby at Le Petit Port on 14 November 2005, 16 February 2006 and 27 October 2010 ~ a bird clearly fond of Jersey's southwest corner. And why not?!

Update: 13 October ~ 10h45 ~ with many thanks to Guernsey seabird recorder Paul Veron, it's great to report further historical sightings of Yellow OA5 as follows:

05 & 17 July 2000 - La Pulente, St Ouen's Bay, Jersey

13 & 29 August 2000 – La Pulente, St Ouen's Bay, Jersey 

14 September 2000 - beach by El Tico, St Ouen's Bay, Jersey

15 October 2001 - Le Petit Port, Jersey

04 February 2010 – Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

05 February 2010 - beach by Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

30 March 2010 – Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

09 April 2010 - beach by Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

16 April 2010 - Alderney Airport

10 & 15 January 2011 - beach by Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

08 March 2011 – beach by Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

Where would the Channel Islands be without gulls?

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