Lesser Black-backed Gull returns to my local patch for 4th consecutive year

Nice surprise today: Lesser Black-backed Gull Yellow H.501 returned to my local patch (Leiden, The Netherlands) for the 4th consecutive year:

Yellow H.501

Yellow H.501, Leiden, The Netherlands, 17 July 2012.

Yellow H.501, Leiden, The Netherlands, 17 July 2012.

Yellow H.501, Leiden, The Netherlands, 17 July 2012.

It was ringed in June 2007 as a chick in Germany and seems to visit my area only shortly before and after the breeding season, I suspect as a transit between the breeding and wintering grounds. In the post-season, it probably stays here to complete most of the wing moult.

If previous years are to go by, it should stay here until September / October.

Previous observations:

2009 as a 3rd-calendar year:

Yellow H.501, Leiden, The Netherlands, 20 June 2009.

Yellow H.501, Leiden, The Netherlands, 20 June 2009.

2010 as a 4th-calendar year:

Yellow H.501, Leiden, The Netherlands, 16 October 2010.

Yellow H.501, Leiden, The Netherlands, 16 October 2010.

2011 as a 5th-calendar year:

Yellow H.501, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1 October 2011.

Yellow H.501, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1 October 2011.

See more images of this individual here.

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