Herring Gull Green YBAJ from our IJmuiden Forteiland project regularly visits the picknick area just outside the terminal at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, based on sightings from recent years.
It’s not a typical place for ring readers to visit though so I recently decided to regularly go and check out YBAJ for myself, especially because Schiphol Airport is a transfer point for me while commuting by train between home and work.
And tonight I was lucky enough to see him (although very briefly because he was soon chased away by another (local?) gull).
I did manage to take some nice photos and a video though:
YBAJ in the gull colony
I have observed YBAJ regulary in the breeding colony of IJmuiden Forteiland this year, and it was quite a contrast seeing him at a busy international airport compared to the more natural environment of the colony.
The following images are from May 2016: