September 25thIt is not unusual for Black Headed Gulls to turn up with an injured foot, there are about a dozen in the park at the moment, but it is sad when it is a Coloured ringed bird. 27H0, a regular at the park for the last 2 years, turned up with an injured leg. Nothing to do with the ring, these injuries happen frequently, some recover, lets hope 27H0 does too.
September 20thThere was a huge fire on Irelands Eye at the end of June this year. About 30 Great Black Backed Pullus were coloured ringed the week before. I had hoped that they were not all lost. Today at Howth I re-sighted 1 of them. Blue[3JU], a first sighting for me!
|Great Black Backed Gull - 3JU|
Broadmeadows produced nothing of note. I have decided after todays visit, that there are no cygnets surviving at this location, but if anyone knows different, please let me know.
September 19thTymon Park this afternoon, I spotted a metal ring on a Black Headed Gull. Camera out quickly and a few shots before they were put up and it did not to reappear. However photos show the full ring and it is a surprise. Denmark 6J-4103 was ringed in May 2013 in Holbeak (that is the Island Copenhagen is on). I have seen it 4 times before in 2013 and 2014, but only in Sean Walsh Park. It is a first record in Tymon Park and a first sighting for me of this Black Headed Gull in 2015.
Thank you Jesper and Kjeld for ringing it!
|Metal ringed Black Headed Gull in Tymon Park, Dublin|
|Denmark 6J-4103 on Black Headed Gull|
September 14thThere are many juvenile large Gulls in the parks at this time of year. I have wondered if they are all from Urban nests. Today I spotted a metal ring and thought this will give me some data.
Unfortunately before I could get the full code they were disturbed! GR98*41. 1 digit missing. It appears to be a 3 or an 8, I will try again tomorrow!
September 5thTymon Park, Tallaght. 150 Black Headed Gulls and not a coloured ring among them again. I did spot 2 metal rings and although both stayed some distance away, photographs were enough to piece the BTO ring number together - EZ03404. It turns out it was ringed by my ringing group in January 2015 at the exact same location! Never got a chance to read the other ring completely but it wasn't BTO. The 3 digits I read match a Finish Black Headed Gull I have read there a few times before, so I tried again on Sunday and will keep trying.
September 4thWhen I arrived in Sean Walsh Park I spotted a yellow Darvic on a Black Headed Gull.I walked casually around the far side of the lake without setting them up and photographed Yellow[217G].
I have sighted this Black Headed Gull in Tallaght before but this is a first for Sean Walsh Park.
The Black Headed Gull Y[217G] is from Lough Mask in the west of Ireland
The Black Headed Gull 27H0 from England which has been absent for 2 weeks also made an appearance.