On 31 March 2017 we were contacted with the news that one of the Lesser Black-backed Gulls of our IJmuiden Gull Research project had been taken into care at the CREA Dunas de San Antón Recovery Center of El Puerto de Santa María in southern Spain.
It involved Green YCDP which we ringed last year as a nestling.
While wintering in Spain, YCDP was seen weakened and subsequently taken into care. Fortunately it recovered well and on 11 April it was released again.
It was great to see that the local TV got involved and that the important and valuable work of the recovery centre was promoted during a short news item. And what a great sight to see YCDP fly off into the distance in good health!
It was later seen resting in a group of gulls:
On behalf of the IJmuiden Gull Research team I would like to sincerely thank the staff of the CREA Dunas de San Antón Recovery Center for taking care of YCDP, including Rafa García who kept us informed and kindly allowed us to use the photos.
We hope that YCDP will stay in good health and will be seen for years to come!