Thursday, 1 December 2016

Black-headed Gull - White 5HA

A colour-ringed adult has been photographed a couple of times recently at Whitehead, Co. Antrim. The first, from Cameron Moore, was taken on 26th November and this was quickly followed up by a sighting from Gary two days later.

Photo by Cameron Moore

Photo by Cameron Moore

Photo by Gary Platt

Cameron reported his sighting via Graham McElwaine, the re-sightings co-ordinator for the Irish Brent Goose Research Group, who passed it onto Kjeld Tommy Pedersen in Denmark and was kind enough to copy us into the email.

Kjeld responded with the life-history which told us this bird had been ringed as an adult male in March 2015 at Gentofte, eastern Denmark.

Green - Gentofte (ringing location)
Orange - Whitehead (re-sighting location)

This is the second Danish colour-ringed Black-headed Gull we have recorded here in recent years (see here).

Cameron's sighting was the first report of this bird since ringing. Many thanks to Graham for keeping us "in the loop", to Cameron and Gary for their photos and to Kjeld for the quick response and information.

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