Once More, I’m means behind with these articles. This certain blog post was almost prepared to release a fortnight earlier, though in between one point or one more, I had actually not navigated to finishing it. Monday as well as Tuesday (fourth & & fifth July), must have seen my last brows through to Rathlin Island to colour-ring Usual Gull chicks, yet the period concerned a sudden end after obtaining an e-mail from the BTO last Thursday (30th June).
We have actually been notified by the North Ireland Setting Company (NIEA) that the Division of Farming, Setting as well as Rural Matters (DAERA) have actually put on hold all buzzing as well as nest recording tasks in seabird swarms in North Ireland, reliable quickly, adhering to current verification of HPAI in a Gannet; this includes any kind of buzzing or nest recording task concentrated on non-seabird varieties within seabird swarms The choice was based both on the threat of forward transmission from contaminated swarms to various other places, as well as the demand to reduce any kind of extra tension experienced by possibly contaminated birds. Provided this setting, BTO has actually taken the choice to expand the suspension to all buzzing as well as nest recording tasks connecting to seabirds in any kind of area within North Ireland, consisting of that of gulls as well as terns, up until additional notification
North Ireland, currently signs up with Scotland needing to discontinue all calling tasks within seabird swarms. During that time, having actually made additional brows through to Rathlin Island, an overall of 84 Usual Gull chicks had actually been colour-ringed, as well as I had actually wished to go beyond the 100 mark.
I have actually invested much time figuring out as well as identifying great deals of images, upgrading my primary ‘Ring Analysis Spread Sheet’, my Rathlin Island Spread Sheet as well as an Usual Gull Data Source (Accessibility). As that, a drip of ring discoveries have actually been coming in, which required reacting to. My following blog post will certainly include these discoveries, in addition to discoveries I have actually made, plus a recap of my last brows through to Rathlin Island.
I wish to obtain totally as much as day prior to the start of August, through which time, I will certainly start my once a week brows through to Antrim Marina. With the reproducing period practically over, gulls will certainly start going back to their wintering websites as well as the constant circulation of ring discoveries will certainly start. It’s practically ‘Tern Time’ once again, a duration of a couple of weeks where colour-ringed Usual as well as Sandwich Terns show up on our coasts prior to heading southern for the wintertime. Usually, a reasonable variety of colour-rings are videotaped below throughout that time.
Suzanne has actually communicated, to report 4 Black-headed Gull discoveries which were made in late Might as well as very early June.
On the 27th Might 2022, Suzanne saw the Castle Espie Marsh Get on Strangford Lough, where she videotaped 3 colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls, 2 of which I had actually videotaped there 6 days previously (see my previous blog post).
Black-headed Gull – 2AKJ – Castle Espie Marsh Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down ( 27 Might 2020)
( Sounded as a Man, on the first February 2015, at Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim)(* )My many thanks as constantly mosts likely to Suzanne for her discoveries in addition to the images.
|5th 2022 See to Rathlin Island – 12th June On my browse through to Rathlin Island today, I was severely interfered with as constant showers of rainfall indicated that I needed to remain free from the Usual Gull swarms for extended periods of time. My primary objective was to colour-ring the very first of this year’s chicks at the Doon Bay as well as Rue Factor swarms. On getting to each swarm, I would certainly extent for colour-rings on the grownups initially, in addition to seeking to see where accordingly sized chicks were to be located for buzzing.|
Set down high up on the hill over the swarm at Doon Bay, 3 colour-ringed grownups were detected, as well as one bird –
2BNL , became a very first re-sighting, having actually been ringed as a chick at Doon Bay, on the 26th June 2019. 2BBC , was likewise a very first re-sighting for me, below this summertime, though Ric Else videotaped the gull at Doon Bay, on the 12th March 2022. The swarm at Doon Bay, can posture issues with gain access to, specifically throughout a high trend, where a number of rock outcrops come to be islands. This held true today, as well as having actually detected simply 3 chicks, simply one was big sufficient to take a colour-ring as well as I attempted capturing this. By the time I reached it’s area, I can not locate it whatsoever. I pulled away back up the hill to try one more address finding the young person, yet the showers of rainfall continued dropping. I at some point chose to go on to Rue Factor,
where I can at the very least obtain some sanctuary from a structure near to the lighthouse there. Usual Gull –
2BNJ – Doon Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 12 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 26th June 2019, at Doon Bay)
Usual Gull –
2BBC Doon Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 12 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2017, at Arkill Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim)
Usual Gull –
2BNL – Doon Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 12 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 26th Jun 2019, at Doon Bay)
At Rue Factor, I wound up investing extended periods safeguarding from the constant showers, as well as the wind was so solid, I can not leave my telescope standing as it would certainly have blown over. With a little reprieve in between the showers, I handled to review the colour-rings on 4 grown-up Usual Gulls, yet I was unable to obtain a suitable image for –
2BCC , as the wind triggered my cam to guide intensely, regardless of just how much I attempted to constant it. When I had a clear durations, I ventured right into the swarm to locate there were still lots of nests with eggs as well as really tiny chicks, so my efforts at finding chicks to colour-ring fasted in as well as out events, so as the gulls to return onto there nests as swiftly as feasible. Having colour-ringed my very first 7 chicks, I determined it would certainly be best to leave the birds alone as well as go back to Doon Bay. Strike once again with yet one more shower, was it truly worth returning to Doon Bay? I chose simply to surrender, as well as made my back to the harbour.
Overall, the day was a genuine wild-goose chase, as I was required to avoid the swarms for extended periods. I returned to the harbour, with a hr to eliminate prior to capturing the ferryboat. I treated myself to a cheeseburger, as I assumed that I would certainly most likely to Ballintoy, prior to returning residence.
Usual Gull –
2BAX – Rue Factor, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 12 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2017, at Arkill Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim)
Usual Gull –
2BAH – Rue Factor, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 12 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2017, at Rue Factor)
Usual Gull –
2APT – Rue Factor, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 12 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 17th June 2017, at Rue Factor)
At Ballintoy, the weather were horrible, with hefty waves collapsing versus the rocks, as well as the wind below can be truly felt at it’s best. I wound up by simply taking a fast sight of the nesting Usual Gulls on their rock island, to locate that there were great deals of close to totally feathery chicks spread around. It shows up that the Usual Gulls below have actually had their ideal reproduction period, given that I started examining the website in the last few years. The gulls are additionally in advance of their reproducing period, as contrasted to their relatives on Rathlin. There might have been chicks on a few of the various other rock areas which come, yet with weather as poor as they were, I determined it was best to leave the birds alone as well as gone to residence.
|2nd 2022 See to Castle Espie Marsh Centre – 13th June With this my 2nd browse through to Castle Espie this summertime, I could not think just how much has actually altered given that my very first check out on the 21st Might 2022. Within the primary site visitor location, much more Black-headed Gulls were resting on nests. The factor for this ended up being more clear when I ventured around the remainder of the nature book. Every nest on the shallows has actually fallen short given that my previous check out, with not a solitary chick to be seen. This has most likely to have actually taken place as a result of the plant life on the shallows having actually expanded exceedingly triggering the birds to desert their eggs as well as chicks, with repeat nests having actually been constructed in the site visitor location.|
Also within the site visitor location, it looks like if lots of Black-headed Gull nests had actually likewise fallen short given that my very first check out, consisting of nests of some colour-ringed gulls that I had actually videotaped formerly. In spite of an extensive check out, just 4 colour-rings were videotaped this moment, with – 2APR, being the just one to be videotaped on the 21st Might 2020.
The discovery of –
2CAJ , is the very first for this summertime, as well as had actually formerly been videotaped at Castle Espie throughout the reproducing periods of 2018 as well as 2021. It was ringed as a chick at the Centre, on the 24th June 2016, which takes it’s period to 5 years, 11 months as well as 20 days. Black-headed Gull –
2CAJ – Castle Espie Marsh Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down ( 13 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2016, at Castle Espie Marsh Centre)
, was ringed as a chick at Castle Espie, on the 15th June 2015. It has actually given that been videotaped throughout the reproducing periods of 2018, 2019 as well as 2021 at Castle Espie. The Centre was enclosed 2020, as a result of the ‘Covid Lockdowns’. The period given that being ringed, is currently 6 years, 11 months as well as 29 days. Black-headed Gull –
2APR – Castle Espie Marsh Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down ( 13 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 15th June 2015, at Castle Espie Marsh Centre)
I did not understand it at the time, yet my discovery of –
2CAK , was a very first for this bird given that it was ringed at Castle Espie as a chick, on the 24th June 2016. With the period standing at 5 years, 11 months as well as 20 days, where has this bird been previously? It came as fairly of a shock, when I inspected the code on my primary ‘Ring Reviewing’ spread sheet, to uncover this was a very first re-sighting. Black-headed Gull –
2CAK – Castle Espie Marsh Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down ( 13 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2016, at Castle Espie Marsh Centre)
The discovery of –
2CKS , is just the 5th document for this bird. Sounded as a chick at Castle Espie on the 16th June 2017, it’s very first re-sighting was made by me at Castle Espie on the 24th June 2018. On the 23rd February 2020, I detected – 2CKS on Kinnegar Coastline at Belfast Lough, which is the only discovery far from Castle Espie. The nature book was shut to the general public throughout the reproducing period of 2020, yet the gull was videotaped back at Castle Espie in June 2021 (2 discoveries). The period given that being ringed, is currently 4 years, 11 months as well as 28 days. Black-headed Gull –
2CKS – Castle Espie Marsh Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down ( 13 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 16th June 2017, at Castle Espie Marsh Centre)
Numerous colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls formerly videotaped at Castle Espie in the last few years are lacking for one factor or one more. Definitely, they can not all have actually died, yet to re-sight those that exist, includes a lot more time onto their durabilities.
It just mosts likely to demonstrate how positive the Black-headed Gulls are, with the lots of individuals which check out the centre. 2 sets specifically, were that positive, they in fact embedded in the plant bathtubs put straight on the general public pathway.
Black-headed Gull Remaining On 2 Eggs
Both Eggs Revealed
Black-headed Gull With 3 Chicks
The 3 Chicks Revealed
Off duty Castle Espie, I drove to the seafront at Millisle, intending to tape-record some colour-ringed Usual Gulls. This moment, unlike my previous check out, there were a lot of Usual Gulls around, yet the only colour-ring to be videotaped, was that of –
2BBC Sounded as a chick, on the 23rd June 2009, on neighboring Large Copeland Island, is was the 45th discovery document of – 2BBC , with all discoveries besides it’s initially, having actually been made at Millisle. On the 23rd January 2010, the after that adolescent, was detected at Gormanstown in Co. Meath in the Republic of Ireland. The period given that being ringed, is currently 12 years, 11 months as well as 21 days. Large Copeland Island exists 8 kilometres/ 5 miles (N) from Millisle. A number of metal-rung Usual Gulls existed, yet I recognized I would certainly obtain no solitude, to attempt to photo any one of their numbers, as there were much a lot of individuals strolling by. I can have ‘kicked myself’ for not having my rings with me. Obtaining half a loaf that remained in the boot of my auto, I rested on the sea wall surface as well as started collapsing up the bread right into big heaps at my feet. Not just Usual Gulls, yet Herring Gulls came right as much as me to obtain a feed. I can have quickly got a bird or more at the very same time, consisting of a number of Usual Gulls with steel rings. I’ll come even more ready next time, as this would certainly supply a very easy possibility to colour-ring some brand-new birds below.
Usual Gull –
2BBC – Millisle Seafront, Drumfad Bay, Co. Down ( 13 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 23rd June 2009, on Large Copeland Island, The Copeland Islands, Co. Down))
|Sixth 2022 See to Rathlin Island – 14th June On today’s browse through to Rathlin Island, I was come with by Suzanne Belshaw, that existed to assist me with the colour-ringing of Usual Gull chicks, with Arkill Bay as well as Ushet Lough being both websites selected for the day. As points turned out, Arkill Bay was the only website saw. On coming to Arkill Bay, my very first job was to take images of the cordon which had actually been set up straight close to the Usual Gull swarm, much to my shock when I saw it there on the sixth June. I had actually been sidetracked as well as neglected to take images at the time.|
To website the cordon right close to where the gulls were nesting was definitely idiotic, as it would certainly urge individuals to venture right to where the gulls were nesting, providing the birds no solitude whatsoever. As can be seen in this image, gulls have nests simply beyond of the cordon.
Cordon Sited Right Beside the Usual Gull Nest
I vented my sensations on the RSPB’s Facebook web page, as well as somebody took some notification, as on the 17th June, I obtained an e-mail from Derek Polley, in addition to a photo, to state that the RSPB had actually relocated the cordon back up the hill, to where the barbecue tables are located. This currently produces a barrier area in between individuals strolling the path as well as the nesting birds. What’s even worse, is the quantity of disruption to begin with to website the cordon right close to the swarm, and afterwards to eliminate it to greater ground. With Arkill Bay holding the biggest swarm of Usual Gulls on Rathlin Island, I would certainly still yearn for the Craigmacagan Path to be shut from completion of April, up until completion of July.
In the meantime, I’m much better regarding the scenario if the path is to stay open. If individuals keep away from the gulls, they will certainly obtain made use of to the upcomings as well as goings, however on the bonus side, having individuals going by might well assist to prevent killers.
Cordon Repositioned Beside the Outing Tables
On coming to Arkill Bay, the very first job in hand was to extent the Usual Gulls for colour-rings prior to going into the swarm to colour-ring chicks. The swarm at Arkill Bay, is in fact divided right into 2 components, with a brief rough stretch in between both. The south area exists listed below the cordon, whilst the north area is in fact located on personal ground.
Whilst I was scoping the grown-up Usual Gulls, Suzanne detected an Oystercatcher chick, adhered to by a 2nd one. Quickly later on, both chicks were captured as well as ringed with steels just.
In between both areas, an overall of 5 colour-ringed Usual Gulls were videotaped today, with among these being very first ever before re-sighting –
2BTH Because Of the ‘Covid Lockdown’ throughout the 2020 reproducing period, I was incapable to obtain onto Rathlin Island, up until the fourth July, when constraints were relieved. By now, the majority of chicks had actually currently fledged, as well as it likewise looked like if the Usual Gulls had actually had a bad reproduction period. Functioning around the swarms on the fourth July, sixth July as well as 7th July, I was just able to locate as well as colour-ring an overall of 9 chicks entirely.
2BTH , was just one of those 9 chicks, as well as currently the very first to be seen given that. It was ringed on the 7th July 2020, at this swarm, as well as was the last young person to be ringed in 2020. As it is not totally mature, it shows up that – 2BTH has actually gone back to possibility a nesting website for following year. The period given that being ringed, is currently 1 year, 11 months as well as 7 days. Usual Gull –
2BTH – Arkill Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 14 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 7th July 2020, at Arkill Bay)
The discovery of –
2BJX , was likewise a very first for Rathlin Island, though it had actually been discovered in other places on 2 various other celebrations. 2BJX , was ringed as a chick, on the 24th June 2019, at Arkill Bay. It’s very first re-sightings happened on the 17th as well as 27th January 2022, when detected by Jan Pole at Gormanstown Hair in Area Meath, Republic of Ireland, some 184 kilometres/ 114 miles (S) from Rathlin. I in fact detected –
2BJX , by scoping from the north swarm. The bird in addition to it’s companion is nesting in a dip in the south swarm, as well as as a result would certainly not be seen from the barbecue tables over. The period given that being ringed, is currently 2 years, 11 months as well as 21 days. Usual Gull –
2BJX – Arkill Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 14 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2019, at Arkill Bay)
The discovery of –
2BKL , is currently the third for the gull this summertime, having actually videotaped it on the 15th May as well as sixth June. The bird was ringed at Arkill Bay, as a chick, on the 24th June 2019. 2BKL , was discovered two times at Arkill Bay throughout the 2021 reproducing period (8th & & 15th June), as well as has yet to be videotaped far from Rathlin. The period, is currently 2 years, 11 months as well as 28 days given that being ringed. Usual Gull –
2BKL – Arkill Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 14 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2019, at Arkill Bay)
2BKJ , has actually been videotaped for the 6th time this summertime at Arkill Bay, as well as was seen on website back on the 9th April 2022, when detected by Ric Else. 2BKJ , was ringed as a chick at Arkill Bay, on the 24th June 2019, as well as was still on Rathlin Island, on the 7th & & 8th December 2019, when detected by Ric Else at Church Bay. On the 7th July 2020, Linda Thompson was alongside place –
2BKJ , at Sandy Bay in Larne, Area Antrim, located 54 kilometres/ 33 miles (SSE) from Arkill Bay. On the sixth Might as well as 8th June 2021, 2BKJ was back at it’s natal swarm for the very first time. The period given that being ringed, is currently 2 years, 11 months as well as 28 days.
Usual Gull –
2BKJ – Arkill Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim ( 14 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2019, at Arkill Bay)
Today’s discovery of –
2BBF , is the 5th this summertime, equivalent to all discoveries made in the past. 2BBF , was ringed at Arkill Bay as a chick, on the 24th June 2017. On the 9th June as well as 7th July 2018, I videotaped the after that 2nd fiscal year bird at Carnlough Coastline in Area Antrim. Throughout 2019, the only discovery happened on the fifth Might, when I detected – 2BBF back at Arkill Bay, yet I’m not exactly sure whether it reproduced or otherwise. On the 28th January 2020, Ric Else videotaped –
2BBF at Mill Bay on Rathlin, after that I detected the bird back at Arkill Bay, on the fourth July 2020, yet once again, I was not exactly sure whether it reproduced there. In spite of various brows through to Arkill Bay throughout the reproducing period of 2021, the gull was not seen whatsoever up until this year. This moment, it is certainly reproducing as well as contends the very least one chick. The period given that being ringed is currently 4 years, 11 months as well as 28 days. Usual Gull –
2BBF – Arkill Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim (14 Jun 2022)( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2017, at Arkill Bay)
In between the north as well as southern areas, an overall of 26 Usual Gull chicks were colour-ringed, which, in addition to those ringed at Rue Factor 2 days previously, took my overall to 33 chicks entirely. In between both websites, there were possibly much more accordingly sized chicks to ring, yet as there were still lots of nests with either eggs or tiny chicks, we can just invest minimal time buzzing, as it was vital to allow the gulls kick back onto their nests.
Prior to leaving Arkill Bay, we looked for the chicks of the resident Terrific Black-backed Gulls on the cliff of the north area. I detected one big chick which was partially feathery, yet I can not attempt to reach it, as it had actually made it’s means to a rock spew simply over the side of the sea. Any type of effort to capture the young person might have led to it requiring to the sea, so I needed to leave this for it’s very own security.
We had actually invested as long at Arkill Bay, I chose not to go on to Ushet Lough. While we got on the hill, some individuals showed up on the Craigmacagan Path, as well as we needed to await them to go on. To my pleasure, they all continued to be behind the freshly located cordon.