Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Mediterranean Gull - Red PNU0

Mediterranean Gull PNU0 was first recorded at Antrim Marina by Keith Stevens back in July 2013 (see here). As you can see from the photo below, it was a second summer bird.

Mediterranean Gull PNU0 at Antrim Marina, July 2013
Photo by Keith Stevens

The bird has since been seen a number of times, with all records coming from Northern Ireland.

The most recent records have been at Whiteabbey when Gary photographed the bird in early September and mid-October.

Mediterranean Gull PNU0 at Whiteabbey, September 2016
Photo by Gary Platt

Mediterranean Gull PNU0 at Whiteabbey, October 2016
Photo by Gary Platt
Mediterranean Gull PNU0 at Whiteabbey, October 2016
Photo by Gary Platt

PNU0 was originally ringed as a chick at W√≤jcice in Poland in May 2012. 

Blue - Wojcice, Poland [Ringing location]
Red - Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland [Re-sighting location]

Re-sighting locations of PNU0 in Northern Ireland
Blue - Antrim Marina [July 2013]
Green - Ballywalter [November 2013]
Orange - Belfast Waterworks [December 2015]
Red - Whiteabbey [September / October 2016)

Now that it is an adult, it would be great to get a re-sighting of the bird during the breeding season to try and find out if it is settled and breeding here in Northern Ireland, or if it's returning to Poland (or elsewhere) each year to breed.

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