Thursday, 25 April 2013

Some sad news

Regular followers of the blog may remember the Lithuanian colour-ringed Black-headed Gull I saw in Ballywalter at the start of February (see here). 

Well, this evening I received an email from Vytautas' family with some sad news.  Vytautas Pareigis, the Head of the Bird Ringing Station, Juodkrante sadly passed away on 9 April after falling through ice while reading gull rings on a frozen lake.

Vytautas had over 30 years work ringing and watching gulls, hard work which will thankfully be continued in memory of Vytautas.  This includes continuing to share any information received with the Lithuanian bird ringing centre.

From now on all questions regarding bird ringing in Juodkrante and Neringa should be addressed to Ligita Pareigiene at

Black P736 at Ballywalter, March 2013

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