Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Hat-trick of foreign BHGs

On Sunday, Gareth Platt got in touch to say that, during his weekly visit to Lough Neagh to record ringed Black-headed Gulls (as well as ringed Common Gulls and Mute Swans!), he photographed three BHG with foreign rings.

Two, which he was able to confirm, were Icelandic in origin - one an adult and the second was a first-winter. Both have been reported to the BTO, and we'll let you know when we hear back.

Photo by Gareth Platt

Photo by Gareth Platt

Photo by Gareth Platt

Unfortunately, he was unable to piece together the full ring number for the third bird, however it isn't a BTO ring. 

Photo by Gareth Platt

Hopefully the bird will hang around until this weekend when Gareth will have another go.

Just for good measure, he also recorded nine colour-ringed birds from NI, taking us ever closer the next milestone for the project...but more about that soon!

Photo by Gareth Platt

Aren't the adults are looking fantastic with their dark brown hoods?!

As always, many thanks to Gareth for the information and the photos.

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