Cameron told me it was ZXCN and, after checking cr-birding.org, I reported the sighting to the appropriate project contact. I heard back that they hadn't used this code and it got me thinking, could the "Z" be a "2"?
I meant to follow up with this, but I forgot and it was only a couple of months later while deleting old emails, I remembered about it.
I contacted Cameron and he had thankfully taken a photo. It took a couple of months longer (and a bit of pestering on my part!) for him to send me the photo, but he has now sent it through and I'm delighted to confirm that it is 2XCN.
|Photo by Cameron Moore|
2XCN is a bird ringed in NE Scotland by Grampian Ringing Group. It was through my involvement with GRG's gull projects via Tay Ringing Group while living in Scotland that I got interested in colour-ringing gulls....so this whole thing is their fault!
Ringed as a juvenile in September 2012 on the Ythan Estuary, it was recorded twice in October 2012 at Seaton Burn in Lothian. Cameron's re-sighting in August 2014 is the first record since.
Many thanks to Cameron for the report and photo and to Calum in Grampian for the information.