Saturday, 2 November 2019

Danish Gull VA4073 Returns

A quick trip to Alvaston Park in Derby today looking for gulls produced a Danish-ringed bird, VA4073, a bird that I first saw here in November 2018 (see here), and again in February 2019 (see here). The bird was born and ringed on the island on Hirsholm, Denmark on 26th May 2018 (911km away). When I first saw it, it was in 1st winter plumage, with a few juvenile feathers remaining, and looked like this.

VA4073 in November 2018

It looked very similar in February 2019.

VA4073 in February 2019

Today, after having undergone a full moult, the juvenile feathers were gone, and it looked like this.

VA4073 today

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