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I have been out wandering today but, rather than sharing some photos from that, I want, instead, to share this information I’ve received about a ringed bird I reported. The bird is a Lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus), which I spotted at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park on 1 April and reported through the European Colour-ring Birding website.

190412 Lesser black-backed gull ringed

It’s a common enough bird, of course, and, as you can see from the list of sightings below, it seems to spend most of its time flying back and forth between Flat Holm Island and Cosmeston, except in November 2017, when it obviously fancied some time in warmer climes. I can’t help but wonder whether that was a one-off trip or whether it just hasn’t been spotted and reported on its other European sojourns.

08/07/12          FLAT HOLM ISLAND, Cardiff
02/09/12          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 56 days)
13/10/12          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 97 days)
12/06/14          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 1 yr 339days)
24/08/14          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 2 yrs 47days)
14/09/14          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 2 yrs 68days)
14/09/14          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 2 yrs 68days)
26/07/15          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 3 yrs 18days)
06/09/15          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 3 yrs 60days)
03/04/16          FLAT HOLM ISLAND, Cardiff (3 yrs 270days)
24/04/16          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 3 yrs 291days)
29/04/16          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 3 yrs 296days)
04/05/16          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 3 yrs 301days)
02/07/16          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 3 yrs 360days)
21/08/16          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 4 yrs 44days)
13/05/17          FLAT HOLM ISLAND, Cardiff (4 yrs 309days)
14/05/17          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 4 yrs 310days)
04/11/17          Costa da Caparica, Setúbal, Portugal (1493 km, SSW, 5 yrs)
07/07/18          FLAT HOLM ISLAND, Cardiff (5 yrs 364days)
01/04/19          Cosmeston Park, Cardiff (23 km, NNW, 6 yrs 267days)