The first-first was received on 4th May when Kev Kirkham-Brown got in touch to say he had photographed a colour-ringed Black-headed Gull from the hide at WWT Castle Espie.
It was hard to make out, but I could just about see the inscription 2AFC. I checked the database and this bird was one of nine (eight adults and one first winter) we caught and ringed at Castle Espie at the end of March last year. This was the first re-sighting of 2AFC since it had been ringed, although I suspect it may be breeding at the site, so I'll have to head down for a quick scan of the colony for rings.
|Photo by Kev Kirkham-Brown|
The next day, the guys at the Northern Ireland Birdwatchers' Association (NIBA) passed on a photo that Stuarty McKee had taken at Whitehouse Lagoon, Belfast Lough. It was a first-winter bird which was ringed as 2AFF.
|Photo by Stuarty McKee|
2AFF was one of the birds ringed on Mew Island during an evening trip last June by members of Copeland Bird Observatory and it had been ringed by John Stewart (see here). This too was a first re-sighting, meaning that 62 of the 151 birds ringed so far have been seen at least once since.
Many thanks to Kev and Stuarty for the sightings and photographs.