1CY Lesser Black-backed Gull Green YCZT trip to Alkmaar – 20190728

This weekend the first of our Dutch juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gulls that are fitted with a GPS logger spent time away from the vicinity of the IJmuiden Forteiland colony.

On Sunday 28 July 2019, Green YCZT flew out to the North Sea in the early morning, spent a few hours there, flew back to the coast and took a left turn away from IJmuiden to eventually fly inland to Alkmaar, some 20 kilometers away from the colony.

It did not stay there but immediately flew back towards the coast, turned left to follow the dunes back towards IJmuiden where it first passed the colony to spend some time on IJmuiden beach, briefly returned to the colony only to fly on to nearby Wijk aan Zee beach and then to return to the colony again, more than 12 hours after it had left in the morning.

Quite a day for such a young bird!

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