Tonight I checked up on the European Herring Gull that I have been following since 2009 to see if he was still around.
Earlier this week it was 28 years ago that he was ringed as a juvenile in a colony near The Hague, the Netherlands. We use this date as his official birthday, even though he was probably born some 2 months before that date.
The last time I saw him was 4 weeks ago but today he did indeed show up where I expected him to be.
28 Years old and still going strong.
Photos were taken in Leiden, the Netherlands, 12 July 2014.