Monday, 1 January 2018

January 2018 - New Black Headed Gull Rings

January 17th

On my lunchtime walk I spotted a metal ring in Sean Walsh Park on a Black Headed Gull.  There have been so few this winter, if I got the code it would certainly be new on the list for this winter.  Out with the camera and 47 photos later the full code of this Lithuanian Gull was obtained.  I have recorded this Black Headed Gull 3 times before all in March 2016.  I never recorded it last winter.  It was ringed as a chick in 2014 50km NE of Vilnius.  Great to see it back.

There are still Mediterranean Gulls in Sean Walsh Park and although today there was a new Juvenile - No coloured rings yet.

January 12th

Today I finally managed to re-sight 2ACB.  Having only ringed it last week I expected to see it daily like 2ACA.  When it flew in and landed, before I read the code I knew it was 2ACB as both it's legs were the same colour! 2ACA has different coloured legs and feet!

Black Headed Gull 2ACB

January 11th

The Black Headed Gull 2ACA has been easy to locate every day, like 27H0.  I haven't seen 2ACB yet.  I hope it was a park regular and not just passing through!
Black Headed Gull 27H0

January 8th

Yesterday, we caught our first 2 Black-headed Gulls since the Club was allocated Coloured Rings.  Today I photographed 1 of them in Sean Walsh Park.  

Black Headed Gull 2ACA

January 6th

I-WEBS Count Day.

On these days the priority is counting.  My allocated sections are 7km of Grand Canal.  However, this does give me a monthly Swan Count.  The count finishes at the Grand Canal Basin and I was rewarded with a red cringed Great Black Backed Gull, again from the Dáil!

January 1st - New Years day.

This afternoon I drove around Ben Madigan Park in Drimnagh and immediately spotted another of our Gulls.

Herring Gull Red [264:D].  Ringed on the roof of a building on O'Connell Street in the center of Dublin, this was another first sighting.

However, I spotted yet another red Ring.  8:D was all I could see.  I waited till it moved and Herring Gull 148:D was recorded.  This is an exciting record as it is the 2nd time I have recorded it at this location.  Although the last time was November 26th, it does give an indication that there may be some pattern to their movement.

Out for half an hour on this bitterly cold morning.  I thought I'd try Grangecastle Business Park again.  Swan numbers are down to 6.  However, today I had more success with the large Gulls. 

On December 20th 2017 I had spotted an Isle of Man ring at this location, but that was on a Juvenile.   This is on a 3rd calendar year Herring Gull!  I rarely get any Isle of Man rings unless they are on Juveniles.

Isle of Man Orange Darvic R39:M

Great Black Backed 307:D.  Ringed on the roof of the Dáil.  In October I recorded it at Howth, which is 25km ENE of this location.

Herring Gull 005:D.  Not many were ringed on the roof of the Dáil, but this is another of those.  A first sighting since it was ringed.

Herring Gull 112:D.  Ringed on Irelands Eye by me!  This is the first sighting away from Ireland's Eye.

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