Ring Enjoying At Antrim Marina: Greater Numbers …

Antrim Marina – Monday 26th September 2022

Today was my 9th once a week check out to Antrim Marina throughout this autumn/winter period, and also this see was without a doubt the very best yet. Over night rainfall had actually gotten rid of, resulting in a boring yet tranquil early morning with the periodic shower of rainfall or drizzle. As the early morning endured, the sunlight appeared, although the wind started to obtain more powerful. Driving from Ballymena to Antrim, I believed the problems would certainly see a rise in gull numbers at the Marina, and also this held true.

On my means to Antrim, I needed to stand out right into a neighborhood store, and also reached Antrim Marina at 9:15 am. Around 70 Black-headed Gulls were spread everywhere, and also the very first ring read, was that of – 2FDK at 9:20. A hr later on, at 10:19, the ring of – 2AAN , was the 20th to be checked out. By now, Black-headed Gull numbers had actually increased to a minimum of the 120 mark, which was most likely the highest possible overall until now over current weeks. After noontime, numbers started to hand over a little, with around 80 to 90 birds staying by the time I left prior to 1pm.

On my arrival, I watched for 35 colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls, that included – 2FIK , which was captured and also ringed right here 2 weeks back. 2FIK was lacking recently, yet was my 4th discovery today. No brand-new returnees were tape-recorded, and also having actually simply stopped working to capture a couple of brand-new birds, my overall for following weeks see stays at 35. When I capture gulls, I favor them to be on the ground. It is feasible to capture them airborne by regurgitating little bits of bread, yet I are afraid of the being harmed when tweezed out of the skies, so I avoid that concept. By the time of my separation at around 1pm, 28 colour-rings had actually read completely,

After today’s see, I have actually determined that the all year homeowner – 2ABK has actually currently died, or else it must have tape-recorded now, particularly considering I started my once a week brows through at the start of August. My last discovery of – 2ABK , got on the 28th Might 2022, while making arbitrary summertime check outs to Antrim Marina. 2ABK , was ringed at Antrim Marina by Adam McClure, as a grown-up woman, on the 23rd January 2013. Throughout the years, the gull has actually been tape-recorded right here on 348 events, and also the period when last seen back in Might, was 9 years, 4 months and also 5 days because being ringed. The only time that – 2ABK wandered off far from Antrim Marina, got on the 17th March 2020, when Suzanne Belshaw photographed the gull at Kinnego Marina, on the southerly coast of Lough Neagh.

Dipping Into my Antrim Marina Spread sheet, I currently have worries for an additional bird – 2CSJ I captured and also ringed this gull as a 2nd winter season bird, on the 17th December 2017. In the years because being ringed, – 2CSJ has actually constantly been tape-recorded throughout the months of August and also September, yet until now, there has actually been no indication of the bird. I will certainly not create this off right now, though my last discovery of the gull got on the 28th February 2022. In the past, – 2CSJ , has actually been tape-recorded throughout the months of April via to July, which recommends that the gull is a resident and also perhaps types on the close-by previous ‘Torpedo System’.

Colour Ringed Black-headed Gulls Tape-recorded at Antrim Marina on Monday 26th September 2022


Amongst today’s absentees are – 2CSK && 2CSL Both were tape-recorded on my very first once a week see (second August 2022), for this autumn/winter period, yet have actually not shown up right here because. Having claimed that, I did document – 2CSK on the 19th August, in the parking area of Antrim’s Joint One Mall, whilst – 2CSL was identified at Antrim’s KFC parking area, on the 8th September. I ask yourself if these 2 have actually determined to prevent Antrim Marina often, yet they will certainly come back at some phase.

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An additional gull that I recognize remains in Antrim Community presently, is – 2ANS Having actually been ringed at Antrim Marina in November 2015, I last tape-recorded it at the Marina in November 2019. In March 2020, I dropped in with – 2ANS at Glynn on Larne Lough, which recommends that it might be reproducing on the RSPB’s Blue Circle Island close by. That had actually been the last I saw of the gull, up until just recently, when I found it at the Castle Method parking area in the centre of Antrim Community (14th & & 28th August, and also 8th September). I’m maintaining my fingers went across, that – 2ANS will certainly place in a look at the Marina at some point this winter season.

Colour Ringed Black-headed Gulls Tape-recorded This Autumn/Winter yet Missing Today.


Various Other Birds at Antrim Marina

The common Mute Swan couple with their 4 cygnets existed throughout the early morning. They were lacking throughout last Monday’s see, though a women with 5 cygnets came onto land onto the little sandy coastline. The women conveniently came to my hand to feed on bread, those cygnets were not utilized to individuals as the constantly hissed on technique. No indication of this household today.

Around 20 Mallards existed on my arrival, and also numbers promptly developed to around 80 birds. As regular, the majority of legs were inspected yet still no rings amongst them.

No indication of the resident Herring Gull today, yet an adolescent that has actually been right here over current weeks, existed throughout my see. One grown-up Usual Gull was additionally existing throughout the see, and also a 2nd grownup showed up at 10:55. Still no indication of the Scottish metal-rung Usual Gull, which shows up right here each winter season. This got here back very early last autumn/winter, showing up on the 16th August 2021, and also was last seen right here on the third January 2022.

Jackdaw numbers continue to be reduced, with simply 6 birds seen today. 2 Hooded Crows which showed up late on today were undoubtedly new kid on the blocks, as both were really skeptical of individuals. Among both revealed traces of white in it’s tuft, rather than being totally black and also grey.

Hooded Crow – Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 26 Sep 2022)


From Suzanne Belshaw

An additional set of colour-ring discoveries have actually shown up with me from Suzanne Belshaw. These are handled in day order, and also consist of 2 truly good Black-headed Gull re-sightings.

On the 17th September 2022, Suzanne remained in the south midsts of Area Down, when she encountered an adolescent Herring Gull taking pleasure in some peanuts on the Mourne Esplanade at Kilkeel. Having actually reported her discovery to Mark Fitzpatrick on the Island of Guy, Mark responded with the birds information. G89: M , was ringed as a chick, on the 10th July 2022, on the Calf bone of Guy. Suzanne’s discovery was an initial for this young gull, coming 2 months and also 7 days after being ringed. The main range from the BTO recuperation, was provided as 79 kilometres/ 49 miles (W). Our many thanks to Mark for his fast reply.

Juvenile Herring Gull – G89: M – Mourne Esplanade, Kilkeel, Co. Down ( 17 Sep 2022)

( Sounded as a Chick, on the 10th July 2022, on the Calf bone of Guy, Island of Guy)

( Image Thanks To Suzanne Belshaw)

On the 20th September, Suzanne checked out the previous Belfast Water supply in Cliftonville, Belfast. Below she encountered a Norwegian Black-headed Gull, with one picture having actually been taken as the bird flew off. The code read – J7L8, and also this came to be the birds 3rd discovery in North Ireland, with all 3 discoveries having actually currently been made at the Water supply.

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J7L8 , was ringed as a man, on the 12th April 2017, at Lake Engervannet, south-east of the Norwegian Resources of Oslo. The birds initially 7 discoveries were all made in the Oslo location in between March 2018 to June 2019. One the 11th October 2019, Paul McCullough tape-recorded the very first discovery right here at the Water supply. The gull was reported back in Oslo in Might 2020 and also in September 2020, Suzanne tape-recorded her very first discovery of the bird having actually gone back to the water supply momentarily time.

From June 2021, via to April 2022, the gull was seen in the Oslo location on 3 events, and also this discovery by Suzanne finishes the birds re-sighting background. J7L8 , might have wintered right here in 2021/2022, yet ‘Covid Restrictions’, might have seen the bird being neglected. The period because being ringed, is currently 5 years, 5 months and also 8 days, and also the range from Lake Engervannet to Belfast Water Supply, is 1,148 kilometres/ 713 miles (WSW).

Black-headed Gull – J7L8 – Previous Belfast Water Supply, Cliftonville, Belfast (20 Sep 2022)

( Sounded as a Man, on the 12th April 2017, at Lake Engervannet, Oslo, Norway)

( Image Thanks To Suzanne Belshaw)

Whilst at the water supply, a colour-ringed Greylag Goose – (White) 024, was tape-recorded for the 7th time because being ringed on the website, as a grown-up woman on the 25th March 2019. All 7 discoveries have actually been made at the water supply and also the period because being ringed is currently 3 years, 5 months and also 26 days. Suzanne recognized that a few of these Greylags which have actually been colour-ringed at the Water supply, have actually not had their buzzing backgrounds settled, as we do not recognize the metal-numbers for the birds. Simply in situation (White) 024 was among those birds, Suzanne additionally recorded it’s metal number – 5215206

Nevertheless, both exceptional Greylags, are (White) 016 & &( White) 017.

Greylag Goose – ( White) 024- Previous Belfast Water Supply, Cliftonville, Belfast (20 Sep 2022)

( Sounded as a Grownup Women, on the 25th March 2019, at Belfast Water Supply)

( Image Thanks To Suzanne Belshaw)

Suzanne checked out Hillsborough Park Lake in Area Down on the 23rd September 2022, no question trying to find ringed gulls. None were identified, yet a resident Mute Swan was tape-recorded for the 7th time. NLB , was ringed at Hillsborough Lake, as a man, on the second March 2019. The period because being ringed, is currently 3 years, 6 months and also 21 days. An entire year has actually been included in it’s period, as it was last tape-recorded right here on the 24th September 2021.

Mute Swan – NLB – Hillsborough Park Lake, Hillsborough, Co. Down ( 23 Sep 2022)

( Sounded as a Man, on the second March 2019, at Hillsborough Park Lake)

( Image Thanks To Suzanne Belshaw)

The discovery of Black-headed Gull – 2CNB , is my favourite of the number. This is the birds sixth discovery because being ringed, yet what makes this sticks out, are the differing places where it has actually been identified.

2CNB , was ringed as a chick, on the 16th June 2017, at the RSPB’s Blue Circle Island Nature Get on Larne Lough in Area Antrim, and also comes from Adam McClure’s previous Northern Ireland Job. The very first re-sighting, was made by me, on the 23rd November 2017, when I encountered the after that adolescent at Sandy Bay in Larne, simply 4 kilometres to the north from Blue Circle Island.

Juvenile Black-headed Gull – 2CNB – Sandy Bay, Larne, Co. Antrim ( 23 Nov 2017)

Suzanne replicated me right into an e-mail to Adam McClure, having actually identified – 2CNB , at Ballyholme Coastline in Area Down on the 19th Might 2018, and also I additionally tape-recorded the bird at Ballyholme Coastline, on the 17th February 2019. By the 7th April 2019, 2CNB all of a sudden showed up on the north coastline of Area Antrim, where I photographed it on the coastline at Ballycastle. By the 15th September 2019, the gull had actually returned southern right into Area Down, where this moment I situated it on the coastline at Groomsport Harbour.

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Because 2019, 2CNB had actually gone unrecorded previously, when on the 24th September 2020, the gull was identified by Suzanne at the Bloomfield McDonalds Junk Food Electrical Outlet in Bangor, Area Down. This is truly a very re-sighting, and also it currently includes an additional 3 years to the gulls period, which is currently 5 years, 3 months and also 9 days because being ringed. The range from Blue Circle Island, is a plain 20 kilometres/ 12 miles (SSE), yet to drive in between both websites, would certainly appear to take permanently, as you would certainly need to go via Belfast. Suzanne frequently takes a look at junk food electrical outlets trying to find ringed gulls, as these function as ‘magnets’ when the birds are trying to find a simple dish.

Black-headed Gull – 2CNB – McDonalds Junk Food Electrical Outlet, Bloomfield, Bangor, Co. Down ( 24 Sep 2022)

( Sounded as a Chick, on the 16th June 2017, at RSPB Blue Circle Island NR, Larne Lough, Co. Antrim)

( Image Thanks To Suzanne Belshaw)

Suzanne’s most current discovery of Black-headed Gull – 250B , is historic, as this is the very first September discovery of the bird, and also not just that, the entire month has actually almost gone by. 250B , was ringed as a chick, on the sixth June 2008, at Lough Mask in Area Mayo, in the Republic of Ireland.

Right Here in North Ireland, it was very first tape-recorded by Adam McClure, in a parking lot at the Sprucefield Shopping Center in Area Down, on the first July 2013. The gull has actually been tape-recorded at Sprucefield a minimum of as soon as annually because 2013, and also it has actually been developed that – 250B is utilizing the mall as a hosting blog post to it’s wintering website, which is yet unidentified. All discoveries have actually been made in the months of July and also August, yet previously, none in September.

Suzanne’s discovery on the 25th September 2022, was shock, shock, made in the City of Lisburn in Area Antrim, simply 2 kilometres approximately far from Sprucefield. I have actually constantly captivated the concept, that – 250B can invest the winter season in Scotland, as a straight line from Lough Mask, via Sprucefield, would certainly take the gull right into Dumfries & & Galloway. Can this most current discovery in Lisburn, recommend it is wintering not until now away, with any luck in time we will certainly learn.

The BTO provided the range from Lough Mask to Lisburn, as 233 kilometres/ 144 miles (ENE), and also the period because being ringed, is currently a great 14 years, 3 months and also 19 days.

Black-headed Gull – 250B – Lisburn, Co. Antrim ( 25 Sep 2022)

( Sounded as a Chick, on the sixth June 2008, at Lough Mask, Co. Mayo, Republic of Ireland)

( Image Thanks To Suzanne Belshaw)

A 2nd Black-headed Gull identified in Lisburn, was – 2ACP 2ACP , was among the earliest ringed birds coming from Adam McClure’s previous Northern Ireland job. It was ringed as an un-sexed grownup on the 9th February 2013, at the Sprucefield Mall parking area approximately 2 kilometres where it was seen on the 25th September 2022. This was the birds 32nd discovery record, with all discoveries having actually been made either at Sprucefield or in Lisburn. The period because being ringed, is currently 9 years, 7 months and also 16 days.

Black-headed Gull – 2ACP – Lisburn, Co. Antrim (25 Sep 2022)

( Sounded as an Unsexed Grownup, on the 9th February 2013, at Sprucefield Shopping Center, Co. Down)

( Image Thanks To Suzanne Belshaw)


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