The first bird was sighted in Bellymena by Gareth and although it wasn't fitted with a colour-ring, great work by Gareth resulted in him managing to piece together the number on the metal ring.
|Photo by Gareth Platt|
He reported his sighting to the Belgian Bird Ringing Centre and received a re-sighting report through the post which told him that this bird had been ringed as a chick at Antwerp in June 2013.
The second bird was much easier to identify as it had been fitted with a colour-ring. Yellow EPRP was seen by Graham McElwaine at Ballytrasna in Co. Louth. Although this bird isn't in NI (if only it had been seen a couple of hundred yards to the north!), I thought it was interesting that two Belgian ringed birds should turn up in quick succession, so I've included it here.
A reply to an email I sent to Tim Audenaert confirmed that this bird had been ringed as a chick near Lokeren, Belgium in May 2014. This is the first re-sighting since ringing.
Remember if you record a colour-ringed gull in NI, please pass them on and we will help get the life history of the bird for you.
|Red - Antwerp, ringing location of metal ringed BHG|
Yellow - Ringing location of EPRP
Blue - Ballymena, metal ringed bird re-sighting location
Green - Ballytrasna, Louth, re-sighting location of EPRP
Many thanks to Gareth and Graham for reporting their sightings and passing on the feedback.