Tuesday 17 April 2012
I have now heard back the details of the Lesser Black-backed Gull found at Ewelme Watercress Beds that died after a couple of days wandering around looking sickly. It was ringed as a female chick in Orfordness, Suffolk on July 8 1995. It was caught and released on 8 May 2011 at Europort, Holland. It was, therefore, just under 17 years old when it died. The report also adds that her mate is back on the colony paired with and unringed female. It doesn't actually say but I assume the colony is in Holland.