January 5thGot out birding to Broadmeadows Estuary. Read 27 of the Mute Swans present. Although my project uses data gathered between April and September, during the winter many return to the Estuary. This allows me to record some birds, particularly those that have lost their coloured rings.
However, I am also on the lookout for anything else with coloured rings. The Common Gull from Norther Ireland was recorded. I first recorded it here in 2013 and although I haven't recorded it every year it is my 5th sighting at this location
I also spotted a colour Ringed Oystercatcher. My camera captured the Code CC. A poor photo but the code can be read. This is my 2nd sighting of this scottish ringed individual, the other being September 2017. What is also interesting is that there are only 3 Irish sightings. Jan Rod is the only other person to have recorded it in Dublin.
January 4thOn the way back from the Airport, I took the coast road. I read a few Brent which I spotted on the Beach at Portmarnock. They were some distance away but managed to capture the codes.
|Brent DNBB and BTBB - a pair.|
I also stopped at Fr Collins Park. I love seeing all the gulls line up on the bridge railings. However no sign of the Norwegian Green[J18J] this year. It has always been a regular at this location.
|Lining up for inspection - but no coloured rings!|
January 3rdA trip to Bray Harbour, primary goal was to record what Mute Swans are present. But as always on the look out for Colour Ringed Gulls. The first was a Black-headed Gull from Denmark White[9MT]
The 2nd Gull recorded was one of our Colour Rings. Ringed on Irelands Eye, It "Mother" is Blue[OLR]!
|Herring Gull 706:D at Bray Harbour|
|Herring Gull 706:D with Parent Blue [0LR]|
Another new year of ring reading. I didn't get out birding today, but took a detour on the way home and stopped at Ben Madigan Park in Drimnagh. There was 036:D sitting on it's favorite Crossbar.
I have sighted this individual at this location 3 times, so you would think this is where it spends it days. However it has also been sighted at Howth 17km away. It seems they have areas that they favour but they do move around.
|Herring Gull 036:D - A gull from an Urban Nest site.|