Yesterday was a big release day. In the morning we caught, ringed and boxed 60 herring/lesser black backed gulls, and released them at Troon. I am sure they will soon integrate with the flock of gulls living at the harbour, and later in the year the lesser black backs will fly to Spain or Portugal. We usually have reports of sightings of them there. In the afternoon it was the turn of the common gulls. 62 were released at Hunterston Sands. It was low tide, so it took them a while to make their way to the water. It was wonderful to see them flying and splashing in pools. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we gently lifted each little chick from the incubator. It will be interesting to see where they spend the winter.