Wednesday, 30 August 2017

2HTT & 2AIP


      2HTT       

I was in Donaghadee, on Monday 21st August, when I spotted a Common Gull, which was a first sighting for me.  It was another bird, fitted with a 'Blue Darvic', which had been ringed by Shane Wolsey, on the nearby Copeland Islands.

The 'Darvic', however, presented me with a major problem.  It was so badly worn, the code could not be read.  The only solution, was to try and get photos of it's 'metal-ring'.  Luring this extremely shy gull towards me, to take photos, only three pictures showed the digits.  I managed to obtain the five numbers, but was missing the two letters at the start of the sequence -    **38433 .

Returning home, I checked the ringing data supplied to me by Shane Wolsey, to find that the metal number was   EX38433  and the 'Darvic', should have read   2HTT .

Ringed as a chick, on the 2nd June 2011, it's only previous sighting was made by Suzanne Belshaw.  Suzanne, spotted   2HTT , in the car Park of Donaghadee Community Centre, which is where I got the gull today.  I've added a photo, taken by Suzanne in 2016, which clearly shows the amount of wear on the 'colour-ring', in little over a year.

The wearing on the rings seems to be a major problem, as a number of Common Gulls have rings showing this effect and it looks as if many of the rings will not be readable as time passes.

Common Gull  -    2HTT      (EX38433)   -  Donaghadee, Co. Down  (21 Aug 2017)

Common Gull  -    2HTT      (EX38433)   -  Donaghadee, Co. Down  (30 May 2016)
(Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Belshaw)

Date Details Location Distance Duration
02 Jun 2011 Ringed as a Chick by Shane Wolsey Big Copeland Island, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
30 May 2016 Spotted by Suzanne Belshaw Donaghadee, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 2 kms / 1 mile (S) 4y  11m  28d
21 Aug 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Donaghadee, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 2 kms / 1 mile (S) 6y  2m  19d

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      2AIP       

On Tuesday, the 22nd August, I re-sighted Common Gull -   2AIP , on the shoreline at Whiteabbey.  This was my seventh sighting of   2AIP , all at the same site.  When I first recorded this gull in October 2015, Shane Wolsey told me that it was the first record of the bird, since it had been ringed as a chick in 2012.

Common Gull  -    2AIP      (EX38498 )  -  Whiteabbey Shoreline, Co. Antrim  (22 Aug 2017)

Date Details Location Distance Duration
11 Jun 2012 Ringed as a Chick by Shane Wolsey Big Copeland Island, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
10 Oct 2015 Spotted by Gareth Platt Whiteabbey, Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland 23 kms / 14 miles (W) 3y  3m  29d
24 Oct 2015 Spotted by Gareth Platt Whiteabbey, Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland 23 kms / 14 miles (W) 3y  4m  13d
04 Sep 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Whiteabbey, Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland 23 kms / 14 miles (W) 4y  2m  24d
15 Oct 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Whiteabbey, Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland 23 kms / 14 miles (W) 4y  4m  4d
05 Feb 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Whiteabbey, Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland 23 kms / 14 miles (W) 4y  7m  25d
12 Feb 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Whiteabbey, Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland 23 kms / 14 miles (W) 4y  8m  1d
22 Aug 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Whiteabbey, Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland 23 kms / 14 miles (W) 5y  2m  11d

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