& # 39; The fastest seagull in the world & # 39; numbs experts by flying 520 miles from the Channel Islands to Spain in just seven days
- The black-backed gull flew in a fast time to Ares Beach in A Coruna
- Experts said it was because the bird knew there had been food there
- It is said that the & # 39; very unusual & # 39; is for a bird to fly so far and at such a high speed
The smaller black-backed gull was identified on the basis of a photo with a ring number on its leg (pictured above with paw)
A fast seagull has been hailed by experts as the & # 39; fastest in the world & # 39; after traveling 520 miles from the Channel Islands to Spain in just seven days.
The lesser black-backed gull flew to Ares Beach in A Coruna in a quick time and experts have stated that the bird knew there was food in the area.
It was initially ringed in 2016 on Burhou Island on the Channel Islands and was seen there again on July 17 this year.
Just a week later the same bird was spotted at Ares Beach, A Coruna, Spain – 520 miles away.
It was identified on the basis of a photo showing the ring number on its leg, which led it back to the island.
The guardian of the Alderney Bird Observatory, John Horton, said it was very unusual for a bird to fly so far so fast.
He said: & # 39; It can be wind direction. It could have known that there was a safe place with enough food to eat so it just went straight on.
& # 39; They have stopping points during their migration. & # 39;
Mr. Horton said that smaller black-backed gulls come to Alderney in the summer to breed on Burhou Island and are registered to migrate to Morocco in North Africa.
& # 39; They start breeding in early summer, the experienced birds that have bred early or the failed breeders can now begin to migrate, he added.
The map above shows the distance between the area of Spain where the bird flew to get food and the UK
& # 39; They are going to places they have been going to for generations and where they know they will find food and safety for the winter months. & # 39;
He said that calling the birds means that observers can follow where they spend the winter and which areas they use.
This would be important to ensure that all parts of their migration route are known and preserved.
He added: & # 39; The seagull ring program has been working in Alderney for 15 years to build a picture of the populations. & # 39;
This year a team of ringers from Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey visited Burhou Island on July 15 to call another 150 chicks.
The team calls between 150 and 200 new birds each year and spends around three hours on the island to get as much done as possible without causing too much nuisance.
They also take field observations of the adult birds and note the ring number on their legs without catching them.
Birds ringed in Alderney from as far as 2008 have been observed in other parts of the world.
In addition to calling to know where the seagulls travel, it indicates how many birds stop in Alderney and whether that number has changed over the years.
The breeding community of smaller black-backed gulls in Alderney is around 400 birds.
This year was such a good year for the species in Alderney that this was the first year that the bird was registered as nesting in mainland Alderney and Burhou.
& # 39; It is a good sign that they are growing to a larger area & # 39 ;, Mr. Horton said.
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