And it turns out that this bird comes from the Ebro Delta, Tarragona, Catalonia colony being ringed as a chick on 27th June 2012 by... the same Ricard Gutierrez I'd emailed. As he and his mates only ringed 40 of the 1000 or so Audouin's chicks, this record is pretty coincidental!
On the ring reading front, other recent interesting records that I've made of gulls (yes, yawn) include: -
- a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Rainham, London on 21st August 2012 that has spent the last three winters at Pinto rubbish dump, Madrid having been initially ringed at Rainham on 12th September 2009.
- colour-ringed Med Gulls at Lodmoor, Dorset on 8th September 2012 included a 3rd-winter ringed as a chick near Antwerp, Belgium on 29th May 2010 and last seen on 20th September 2011 at Llantsantffraed, Ceredigion and another 3rd-winter (again aged in the field by a slight dark subterminal band to P10) ringed as a chick near Pas-de-Calais, France on 22nd June 2010 and subsequently seen at Portscatho, Cornwall on 14th September 2010 and Playa del Rincon, Gijon, Asturias, Spain on 15th January 2012.