Monday, 31 May 2021

2021 Mute Swan nests in my study area.



It is gradually coming to the end of the Swan hatching season.  Below is yet another update.  

Mute Swan nesting in 2021 seems to be an odd year.  Lots of nests but low production.  

Rathcoole Cygnets hatched as did Goldenbridge / Davitt Road among others.  However, War Memorial Gardens appear to have hatched and lost all 7 in the first 3 days.  Lots of Swans and nests is not always a sign of a healthy Swan population.  The age profile is a key factor.  Presently we have a lot of young inexperienced swan parents.  A more accurate reflection will be the 12 week old Survey.  

Rathcoole Park Cygnets

Chart updated 06/06/2021.  

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

March 2021

 March 2nd 

So the movement of Black Headed Gulls has started.  I am not allowed to go to the coast to read rings at the roost but I can read them as they stop for a few days rest on their journey.

JHP9 was actually present on 28/02/2021 but the ring is so badly damaged I couldn't read the last digit

From Oslo and Winters in Galway.  This Black-headed Gull is on migration.

The usual suspects were also present.  X2VC who winters at this point on the Grand Canal in Dublin and the other Norwegian Black Headed Gull.  JLR4

Sunday, 28 February 2021

February 2021

February 28th 2021 

This lock down means I am restricted to 5Km from my home and as a result I only see the same ringed Gulls. However, the big movement of Black-headed Gulls has started and today I recorded White NUT from Denmark. I first recorded it in January 2013 when I started ring reading. I don't know where it winters, but it stops at Sean Walsh Park, Dublin every year since for a week or so before it departs our shores. Interestingly it hasn't been recorded in Denmark since the 2013 breeding season. What is amazing about this Black-headed Gull is that it was ringed in 2005 as an adult of at least 3 years old. That makes it at least 19 years old! Great to see it still going strong. Surprisingly the Darvic ring is still in reasonable condition.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

January 2021

January 27th I have not been posting as through out lock down I just haven't been recording any Black-headed Gulls with |Colour rings. I am checking 1,000 of legs every day on my exercise within my 5KM. However, on the Grand Canal I got my first new ring for quite some time.
From Cuba in Oslo, Norway and a first sighting away from Norway

Monday, 30 November 2020

November 2020

30/11/2020 An update on the Black-headed Gulls in Dublin. I haven't got to grips with the new blog format! It is not yet user friendly! 25/11/2020 Black-headed Gull X2VC Ringed as an adult in North Easter Germany in 2019, Sighted last year and this year at the same location on the Grand Canal in Dublin.
24/11/2020 Black-headed Gull J25X Recorded in Rathcoole Park. Only other Dublin record was I recorded it in Sean Walsh Park in 2018.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

September 2020

 September 28th

I had decided to keep this website mainly for Black-Headed Gulls but again due to COVID restrictions I am not going out as much.  But unfortunately, coloured ringed Black-headed Gulls are not being sighted by me locally at the moment.  I was at Bushy Park, which I went to to investigate new a Swan Family (which turned out to be the Family from Terenure College a mile away) and spotted a Polish Black-Headed Gull I haven't seen for years.

Black-headed Gull White [TUUA] was ringed in Poland, as an adult in 2016 and although I haven't seen it since 2017, it was recorded in Dublin in 2018 and 2019.  It wasn't interested in the bread being fed to the ducks, so ring photographed underwater.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

August 2020

 26th August.

I haven't been blogging as frequent as I used to.  Studying from home means that I am not at all the places I usually ring read.  Today I had a one of my delayed final exams and afterwards took a walk to the Great South Wall in Dublin Docks.  Two of our Herring Gulls were sighted.

Despite the fact I have 3,000 entries on the database, I and the observers who kindly ring read for the project continually turn up first sightings.  My thanks to Jan, Joe and Brian who are prolific in sending in constant sightings to add to my own observations.  My thanks to the overseas and National ring readers who send in sightings from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, all over Ireland, England, France, Spain Portugal and Morocco.  Our Dublin Gulls certainly disperse.

Today at the South Wall in Dublin Port, I read 2 rings.  This is a well watched area but continually turns up new gulls.

Herring Gull B59:D.  Ringed in 2019 by Tonya.  First sighting since ringed

Urban Herring Gull 215:D.  Ringed 2018 and going Grey.