Sunday, 2 July 2017

July 2017 - E5VA + 27H0 Return yet again

25 July 2017

Today was an excellent day ring reading.  It started in Howth.  15 Cr Rings of the old project were recorded including one new bird, 3EL.  Ringed in 2013.

Great Black Backed Gull 3EL Ringed 2013

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Great Black Backed Gull 1MC.  Usually seen at Broadmeadows.
However there were none of our new red rings, so we went to Irelands Eye, to get some photographs!  Always nice to get another species and this Cormorant obliged!

CR Cormorant AFI on Irelands Eye

22nd July

A short walk in Sean Walsh Park rewarded me with my first sighting of the season of 27H0.  Still in breeding plumage.  Since first sighted as a Juvenile in 2013, it has been an annual regular in the park..

13th July

This year the first Colour Ringed Black Headed Gull to return to Sean Walsh Park is the Dutch Ringed E5VA.  First sighted as a Juvenile in January 2012, it has returned to the same park each year 750 Km from its breeding ground.

4th July 2017

Every Tuesday in July 6:30 - 8 "Tern Watch" takes place at Collimore Harbour.  This event allows the public to view the Terns nesting with more experienced Birders to point out the Terns and all the other birds on show like Shearwaters.  En-route I stopped at Bullock Harbour.  I am glad I did as two CR Ringed Gulls were present.  It was a first sighting of 2LH for 2017 and the Herring Gull T9YF is from the Isle of Man.  Ringed in 2014, it has been recorded in Dublin in 2015,2016 and now 2017.

Herring Gull from Isle of Man - Not quite full adult.  In ringing terms it is a 9, 3rd Calander year.

2nd July 2017

A quick trip to Sandycove to see if the Mediterranean Gulls have started arriving in large numbers.  There were .8 adults - no juveniles yet.  3 colour ringed - all ringed in Dublin.

1st July 2017

Today I took the boat trip to the Island of Ireland's Eye, as always I was also on the look out for coloured rings.  Among those I recorded was a Great Black Backed Gull with Blue Ring 1NA.  This was a Gull that I hadn't seen since 2013!  Whereas, most I record in (Howth 2km away), there are always some who are never or rarely recorded there.

Great Black backed Gull 1NA (and its chick).

Great Black Backed Gull 1NA in September 2013

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