Stopping off at the picturesque village of Glenarm which sits at the foot of Glenarm Glen, the most southerly of the Nine Glens of Antrim, I pulled into the seafront car park and had a quick scan of the birds which were roosting nearby. Nothing of note so I threw out a couple of bits of bread in an effort to attract a few more birds in.
Within a couple of minutes I noticed a colour-ringed bird at the back of the flock, but frustratingly all I could see was a yellow ring as the grass was too long to make out the code.
Thankfully it eventually was very obliging and held it's left leg up nicely so I could make out the code on the ring as 260D.
It then flew up and landed on the railings which gave me an opportunity to confirm.
|Red - Lough Mask, Co. Mayo|
Yellow - Larne Lough, Co. Antrim
Blue - Glenarm, Co. Antrim
|260D as a first winter bird in Feb 2009|
Photo by Neal Warnock
Eoin also said that it is possible that it returns to the natal colony as a breeding adult but they have difficulties reading rings at this site due to high vegetation, etc.
Thanks to Eoin for the information and to Neal for letting me use his picture.