It's official, the Northern Ireland Black-headed Gull colour-ringing project has begun!
After speaking to Bob Harris at the BTO NI Birdwatchers' Conference last weekend, who told me about a fairly simple way of catching Black-headed Gulls for ringing using a box and some string, Kevin and I headed out this week with the first prototype of our trap.
Unfortunately the birds were extremely wary (rightly so!) and none were tempted by the delicacies inside - Asda own-brand white pan loaf.
After a while sitting around and keeping the birds interested by throwing small pieces of bread out the window, I tried catching a bird by hand from the car window.
Two fine looking adult males were caught and subsequently ringed as 2AAA and 2ADJ.
Hopefully they are the first of many....