15th AugustIn Tymon park today I was looking out for a Polish Black-headed Gull Yellow [T96W]. I was just leaving when it showed up briefly. It was ringed in 2017 and I recorded it at this location 3 times last winter.
|BLHGU Metal Ring EZ90582|
|BLHGU Metal Ring EZ90582|
|Another Polish Black-headed Gull Yellow[T6TL]|
12th AugustAt the 40 Foot, in Dun Laoghaire, there was a high tide roost of Terns and Mediterranean Gulls. Bird of the day was a Mediterranean Gull White. I've never seen it before and it is not showing on my list of Meds recorded in Dublin. I assume it is Belgian. I have reported it and I'll update when data received.
There were 2 other colour ringed meds present - Green AKAJ from Germany and Red PRN6 from Poland. However I started going through the Terns. Only one colour located. The legs are so short it took a while to read it as 1 digit was covered by feathers!
|Common Tern Juvenile - Blue 3P2.|
Every year at Bullock Harbour the Black Headed Gull 6214578 gets harder and harder to read. The ring has gone from poor to really bad this year - hardly legible. Ringed in 2005 in Sweden. Today sections of the ring looked blank. Photo below is 2015 and todays photo 2018! It's not out of focus just worn.
At Sandyford Industrial Estate I got 1 of our red Ringed gulls. 187:D is an urban Gull ringed on teh roof of a Dublin Hospital. This is a first sighting
11th AugustHuman behaviour is different at the weekend. There are matches on the Football pitches. The school playgrounds are empty. So Gull behavior is also different and it is good to look in Sean Walsh Park at the weekend. Today Red 23L4, Green 2ABA and a Juvenile Black-headed Gull with a tall metal ring! The metal ring was taller than a BTO metal so I knew it would be from further afield.
|Black-headed Gull - Stockholm 6456000|
9th AugustThe big news of the day is the safe return of Black Headed Gull WB[E5VA]. Having first Arrived in January 2012 as a Juvenile, it is good to see it back from Holland for another Winter.
6th AugustWhere are all my Swans gone! Out again looking for Colour Ringed Mute Swans. I am about 100 below what I expected to re-sight this year. Between myself and Tonya we recorded about 50 rings, but only 3 to add to this years survival totals. The rest of August will be mainly focused on trying to find some of the missing Swans.
However, bird of the day goes to this Polish Black-headed Gull. Yellow[T2RW]. The Polish Website appears to be down for maintenance, so hopefully I will get some details tomorrow.
|Polish Black-headed Gull, Yellow[T2RW]|
Surprise of the day was the resighting of the Common Gull from Northern Ireland, Blue [2ACV]. Having first sighted it in 2013, it is the 3rd sighting at this location. It has been recorded back in Northern Ireland.
|Common Gull, Blue [2ACV]|
5th AugustToday I went to the South Wall of the Liffey in Dublin. Hundreds of terns gather on the railings. They are a small bird and their colour rings are tiny. However, I was able to read 4 of them. All 4 happened to be ringed in Dublin, but I expect to get some from England and Scotland and some in Dublin have been record from further afield, post breeding is a good time to check the huge flocks
|Common Tern LBYN[PNN] - Dublin Bay Scheme|
|Common Tern PCY|
|Tern Blue PS7|
|Common Tern Juvenile 3P7 - Dublin Port Project|
This morning in Sean Walsh Park, a metal ringed adult Black Headed Gull appeared. Quickly out with the camera and recorded it's metal ring. What a surprise! HA23459. This Lithuanian Gull I haven't seen since March 2016.
Black Headed Gull round up!
Red 23L4 from the English Midlands has remained present in Sean Walsh Park since it's arrival on July 27th.
27H0 from Gloucestershire arrived back on Juky 31st and is also present most days.
The last one to make up the trio which are ever present is Green 2ACA. Ringed in Sean Walsh Park last year.
|Black-headed Gull 2ACA with a filthy ring. The letters use to be white!|
BIrd of the day goes to Herring Gull 644:D. Ringed in June in St James Hospital it is the first of this years urban gulls to be recorded away from its nest site. I got a photo and it promptly sat down, so this is the only photo I got!
|Juvenile Herring Gull 644:D|