Stephen's colour-ringed black-headed gull isn't the only Norwegian bird to be recorded here in recent weeks.
A common gull, fitted with a colour-ring J074, was reported to me by Cameron Moore. Cameron had seen the bird at the shore at Whitehead in County Antrim.
I got in touch with Kjeld Pedersen and he passed it on to Morten Helberg in Norway, who confirmed that this bird had been ringed at Bergen on 19 August and aged as a first year.
It was recorded a couple of times later that same day in a near-by park, but Cameron's sighting is the first record since.
Cheers to Cameron for reporting and to Kjeld and Morten for passing on the information.