Saturday, 14 November 2015

Black-headed Gull - White T5J4

Jen Lynch got in touch recently with a number of sightings of colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls which she has recorded on her travels.

One, T5J4 was recorded roosting on a roof at Warrenpoint Harbour in County Down in early October. Previous sightings of colour-ringed birds with similar rings and a quick check of the ever reliable told us that this bird was Polish in origin.

Photo by Jen Lynch

Jen sent off her sighting and heard back that the bird had been ringed as a chick in eastern Poland in June 2011. 

The distance from ringing site to re-sighting location is over 1,900km and the ringer was Michal Polakowski, the same person who observed 2AAR nearby at Hryniewicze (see here)! Wonder if 2AAR and T5J4 have ever crossed paths?!

Many thanks to Jen for the photo and passing on the information. You can follow Jen's blog by visiting

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