Thursday 28 April 2022

Returning YLG?

I'm fairly sure that this first-summer Yellow-legged Gull is the one that spent over 3 months here last autumn. See the photo below which was taken on September 26th last year. Either way it felt remarkably familiar when I clapped eyes on it this afternoon! What do you think?

Mudbank this afternoon - Whimbrel numbers continue to build with at least 84 present, along with c40 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Dunlin. Also off there - 1 first-summer Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 19 Black-headed Gulls and a single Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

First-winter YLG - Mudbank 26/9/21. This is the longest staying YLG that I've ever recorded in Exmouth. It was present last year from August 18th to November 24th.

Back to this afternoon's bird...

Colour-ringed Whimbrel.


  1. Hi Matt your Whimbrel is D63, a familiar face especially to Lee. Using his database can tell you it was ringed as a 2cy on 18th May 2015 at Llansantffraed in Cardigan Bay. It has been seen at the Warren every spring since except 2018 and is presumed to breed in Iceland. More info

  2. Many thanks Kev - that's brilliant. Lee has contacted me too and suggested a blog post detailing its history. Will post it later. All the best. Matt
    PS - any luck with the Early Spiders?