Saturday, 12 August 2017

Oldie - re-sighted...


      County Down - 30th July 2017       
On a visit to County Down, on the 14th July, I recorded a total of 10 Common Gulls, which were colour-ringed or just had metal-rings, successfully reading the codes or numbers.  A few of these, were first ever sightings for me.  On that particular day, the seafront at Millisle, had between 60 and 70 Common Gulls feeding on the beach.

As many as 15 of these gulls were just carrying metal-rings, which made the task of reading them, just about impossible.  I did however, concentrated on one bird and this one was an immature which bore a Norwegian ring.  Three weeks on, as I'm writing this post, I have not received a reply from Norway, with this young gull's ringing details.

On the 30th July, I returned to County Down, hoping to read a metal-ring or two.  At Groomsport, only two Common Gulls, were lured into the car park, but neither were ringed.  Two Common Gulls were also lured into the car park beside Donaghadee Community Centre, one of these being   2ACJ , a gull that I spotted here on the 14th July.

At the north car park on the Millisle seafront, fewer Common Gulls than on my previous visit, numbered around 30 birds.  Amongst these, were four with metal-rings and a single gull that was colour-ringed.  The code on the colour-ring, was easily read, being the ever present -   2BBC .

With fewer gulls around, it was easier to keep tabs on a single bird, to try and read the metal-ring.  Having taken several photos, I was able to piece the number together, this being a re-sighting of the oldest British-ringed Common Gull on my records -   ET03580 .  Although, I made several attempts to read a second ring, the remaining gulls were just out of reach of my camera.

Next, I checked the southern car park, finding a further four Common Gulls standing with Black-headed Gulls.  I was in luck, as a single Common Gull was metal-ringed and quickly obtained it's number on an upside-down ring.  Ringed -   EW51730 , this was another new sighting for me.

Today's four sightings, are listed below, along with tables containing all known sightings for each bird.

Common Gull  -    2ACJ    ( EX38002 )   -  Donaghadee, County Down  (Photo from 14 Jul 2017)

Date Details Location Distance Duration
14 May 2010 Ringed as a Breeding Adult by Shane Wolsey Big Copeland Island, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
22 Dec 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Kinnegar Beach, Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 22 kms / 13 miles (W) 6y  7m  8d
14 Jul 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Donaghadee, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 4 kms / 2 miles (SSW) 7y  2m  0d
30 Jul 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Donaghadee, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 4 kms / 2 miles (SSW) 7y  2m  16d

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Common Gull  -    ET03580   -  Millisle, Co. Down  (30 Jul 2017)

Date Details Location Distance Duration
17 Jun 2000 Ringed as a Chick by Copeland Bird Observatory Big Copeland Island, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
03 Dec 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 16y  5m  16d
31 Dec 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 16y  6m  14d
18 Feb 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 16y  8m  1d
30 Jul 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 17y  1m  13d

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Common Gull  -    EW51730 (Upside-down Ring)   -  Millisle, Co. Down  (14 Jul 2017)

Date Details Location Distance Duration
23 Jun 2009 Ringed as a Chick by Shane Wolsey Big Copeland Island, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
30 Jul 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 8y  1m  7d

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Common Gull  -    2BBC     (EW51779)   -  Millisle, Co. Down  (Photo from 14 Jul 2017)

Date Details Location Distance Duration
23 Jun 2009 Ringed as a Chick by Shane Wolsey Big Copeland Island, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
23 Jan 2010 BTO Online Ringing Report Gormanstown, Co. Meath, Rep. of Ireland 124 kms / 77 miles (SSW) 0y  7m  0d
12 Dec 2011 Spotted by Marc Ruddock Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 2y  5m  19d
22 Jul 2012 Spotted by Marc Ruddock Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 3y  0m  29d
28 Feb 2013 Spotted by David Nixon Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 3y  8m  5d
16 Mar 2013 Spotted by David Nixon Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 3y  8m  21d
21 Mar 2013 Spotted by Graham McElwaine Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 3y  8m  26d
30 Jul 2013 Spotted by Adam McClure Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 4y  1m  7d
19 Oct 2013 Spotted by Adam McClure Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 4y  3m  26d
08 Nov 2013 Spotted by Bert Montgomery Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 4y  4m  16d
22 Mar 2015 Spotted by Graham McElwaine Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 5y  8m  27d
19 Dec 2015 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 6y  5m  26d
24 Dec 2015 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 6y  6m  1d
31 Jan 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 6y  7m  8d
13 Feb 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 6y  7m  21d
05 Mar 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 6y  8m  11d
02 Jul 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 7y  0m  9d
16 Jul 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 7y  0m  23d
13 Aug 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 7y  1m  21d
03 Sep 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 7y  2m  11d
29 Oct 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 7y  4m  6d
03 Dec 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 7y  5m  10d
31 Dec 2016 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 7y  6m  8d
18 Feb 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 7y  7m  26d
14 Jul 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 8y  0m  21d
30 Jul 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Millisle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 8 kms / 5 miles (S) 8y  1m  7d

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