Ring Seeing At Antrim Marina: Truly Pleased …

When I reached the Marina today, it was really over cast, awesome, as well as simply a moderate wind. As the early morning endured, the cloud damaged, providing blue skies as well as some sunlight. Today’s check out is my 4th regular check out up until now this autumn/winter period, as well as simply 11 Black-headed Gulls existed on my arrival. Much, I have actually videotaped 31 of my colour-ringed birds, as well as throughout today’s check out, 2 even more gulls were included to the listing, consisting of one bird that had actually left me asking yourself, as I had actually not seen it for a while.

Simply 15 colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls were videotaped today, which was truly shocking as numbers had actually developed to around 110+ by 11:30. The very first of both brand-new returnees, was my 3rd ring discovery made at 09:19. 2FHJ , was captured as well as ringed below on the sixth September 2021, as a juvenile/1st winter season bird as well as was ultimately videotaped via to the 14th March 2002. Throughout arbitrary reproducing period brows through to Antrim Marina, 2FHJ was videotaped on the 18th June 2022, which recommends that it had actually stayed in the area throughout the summertime. It is currently the 8th bird from the 15 that I captured as well as ringed last winter season, to have actually been videotaped back this winter season. The period considering that being ringed, is currently 11 months as well as 16 days.

Black-headed Gull – 2FHJ – Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 22 Aug 2022)

( Sounded as a Juvenile/1st Winter Season Bird, on the third December 2018, at Antrim Marina)

Colour Ringed Black-headed Gulls Taped at Antrim Marina on Monday 22nd August 2022


Black-headed Gulls Taped at Antrim Marina This Autumn/Winter yet Lacking Today


Various Other Birds at Antrim Marina

On my arrival, the Mute Swan household with their 4 cygnets, were swimming in from the breakwater at the entryway to Lough Neagh. Having actually invested a while on the slipway, they after that swam upriver for a while. At 11:05, 3 grown-up Mute Swans swam in from the Lough as well as resolved onto the little Sandy Coastline. Around 20 mins later on, they were gone after off by the moms and dads of the cygnets, when the shown up back at the Marina.

8 Mallards existed on my arrival, as well as numbers gradually developed to about 60 birds by the time of my separation. Customarily, the majority of legs were examined.

3 grown-up Herring Gulls, plus one adolescent got on the lengthy wood jetty when I got here, that included the bird with the damaged wing. It can not fly, so simply perambulates. Using it some bread, it easily took it from my hand, so was clearly rather starving.

One grown-up Typical Gull existed throughout my check out, as well as at lunchtime, an adolescent showed up on the lengthy wood jetty. A 2nd grown-up Typical Gull got here prior to I left.

Although Timber Pigeons are frequently seen flying in or around the Marina, today saw the very first time that a bird really came down on my side of the Marina.

5 Jackdaws, that included an adolescent, as well as a solitary Hooded Crow, were the only various other types kept in mind today.


Friday 19th August 2022

The manufacturing facility where I operate at was shut for the day today. Generally, the only day in the year that they do close gets on Xmas Day, or else it runs 24/7 for the remainder of the year. North Ireland Power were removing the power because of upkeep job, for this reason the additional day of rest. Those that desired, can work with Sunday, take Friday as a paid vacation, or off on company factors unsettled. I chose company factors, so regarding secure what vacations I have staying.

With having this additional day, I chose to head west of Ballymena to examine websites at Toomebridge and afterwards onto Ballyronan. The lake at Lurgan Park and afterwards back to Antrim Community, would certainly see me driving around the entire of Lough Neagh – Britain’s biggest inland lake.

Last winter season, I found that a relatively multitude of Black-headed Gulls were to be located at the Eel Fishery at Toomebridge, so I chose that this website would certainly deserve inspecting every occasionally over future winter season’s. Today, reasonably couple of gulls had to do with, as well as most of them were really on the water of the River Bann, which streams northwards from Lough Neagh, as well as ultimately gets in the sea at Castlerock on the north coastline of Co. Londonderry. A handful of gulls on the framework of the Eel Fishery were swiftly scoped, yet no rings. A matter of 18 Grey Herons were made, these all hing on the framework.

I after that continued in the direction of the Marina at Ballyronan. Below, I watched for among my Black-headed Gulls, which had actually been ringed at my Antrim Marina Research study website. This bird – 2FFH , was ringed at Antrim Marina, as a juvenile/1st winter season bird, on the 7th December 2020. It was after that videotaped on the 14th & & 21st December 2020, with the ‘Covid Lockdown’ entering pressure after my browse through to Antrim Marina on the fourth January 2021. As the Marina was greater than 10 miles from my house, I needed to terminate all check outs, which would certainly have finished at the end of March. With completion of the ‘Lockdown’, I checked out the Marina, on the 19th April 2021, as well as – 2FFH , was still existing.

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This was the last I came across the bird, up until on e-mail got here with me, sent out by David Morrow. On the 12th October 2021, David found – 2FFH at Ballyronan Marina, which exists 20 kilometres/ 12 miles west of Antrim Marina, in the north-west edge of Lough Neagh. I had actually wished, that it would certainly go back to Antrim Marina throughout the 2021/2022 winter season, yet it never ever did.

The variety of Black-headed Gulls at Ballyronan Marina on today’s check out, was the biggest I have actually ever before seen below, as well as remained in extra of 100 birds completely, though juveniles comprised a minimum of a 3rd of the total amount. I invested a long period of time below, yet ultimately, there was no indication of – 2FFH I’m currently contemplating on the concept, that this gull might be international in beginning. If this was to be real, probably it is still prematurely for it to go back to either Ballyronan or Antrim. I would truly like to tape this bird once again at either website, so this will certainly be my target over the coming cold weather.

From Ballyronan, it is a lengthy drive southern to get to Lurgan Park, once in the location, I mosted likely to Kinnego Marina initially. Below, there was a great deal of task, with lots of individuals about, so the Black-headed Gulls were maintaining their range. There go to the very least 3 of Adam’s previous job birds understood to be still active, as Suzanne Belshaw has actually found them over current weeks. I had no possibility at videotaping anything below today.

At Lurgan Park lake, there were more than 150 Black-headed Gulls, as well as having actually made use of a complete loaf of bread, not a solitary ring was found. Several gulls stayed on the lake itself, for that reason a number of routinely videotaped ringed birds were probably existing yet not seen.

Directly to Antrim, I initially came by the community’s Baptist Church. Generally an excellent website for affordable varieties of Black-headed Gulls, on my previous check out, not a solitary bird existed. Today, around 20 birds were standing concerning the Churches parking lot, yet no rings.

Unbeknown to me, when I drove in the direction of the community’s KFC parking lot, I remained in for a huge shock. When I started tossing out bread from my vehicle, an Usual Gull with a Blue Darvic landed best next to me. This needed to be among my Rathlin Island birds, or a Copeland Island bird coming from Shane Wolsey’s previous job. On taking a number of pictures, I review the code – 2AJP , as well as can not think my eyes – this was a gull that was videotaped throughout the reproducing period a couple of years back.

On returning house, as well as considering my spread sheet, the last discovery for the gull was made at Antrim Marina on the 14th July 2018. 2AJP , had actually been ringed as a chick, on the 29th June 2013, on Huge Copeland Island in Area Down. As an adolescent, it was found at Poppintree Park in the City of Dublin on 3 celebrations in March 2014 – 149 kilometres/ 92 miles (SSW), from Huge Copeland Island.

2AJP , after that went unrecorded up until the 13th June 2016, when found by Suzanne Belshaw at my Antrim Marina Research Website. 2AJP , was ultimately videotaped at Antrim Marina throughout the reproducing periods of 2016 to 2018, prior to vanishing completely. The bird was clearly reproducing in the location, whether on the neighboring previous ‘Torpedo System’ or on the roofing system of the Tesco Circulation Centre in the Kilbegs location of Antrim Community. Having actually not seen – 2AJP over current years, I believed the gull might have passed away, so this discovery was a little a shock.

This is my 2nd shock re-sighting over the last number of weeks. In my previous blog post, I reported on the re-appearance of Black-headed Gull – 2ANS , an additional Antrim Marina bird that had actually merely vanished for a long time.

Once More, I’m truly pleased with this newest discovery of – 2AJP This range from Huge Copeland Island to the KFC parking lot in Antrim Community, is 43 kilometres/ 26 miles (W), as well as the period considering that being ringed, is currently 9 years, 1 month as well as 21 days.

Typical Gull – 2AJP – Antrim KFC Parking Area, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 19 Aug 2022)

( Sounded as a Chick, on the 29th June 2013, on Huge Copeland Island, The Copeland Islands, Co. Down)

Having actually arranged my Typical Gull, scanning via the remainder of the birds, I found a 2nd year Black-headed Gull with a steel ring. Undoubtedly, this needed to be – EA65722 , a bird that I initially found below on the 14th August 2022. I took a couple of pictures of the ring just, as this is a fairly nervy bird which can not remain still. Having actually caught – ‘ EA ‘ as well as ‘ 722 ‘, this was the similar bird. EA65722 , was ringed as a chick, on the 26th June 2021, at Marlingford Hall, simply west of Norwich in Norfolk, England (review my previous blog post).

Leaving KFC, I after that drove to the Castle Method parking lot in Antrim’s community centre. This is where I had lately encountered – 2ANS , yet it was not amongst both lots Black-headed Gulls below today. No rings were videotaped, though it is still a little bit prematurely to tape the return of a metal-rung Black-headed Gull from Germany, or the return of – 2AFD from Latvia – among my Antrim Marina Research study birds.

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The parking lot at the Joint One Shopping Center, was my last quit prior to heading back house to Ballymena. Tossing out bread from my vehicle, brought in one of the most gulls that I have actually ever before seen below – Herring, Lesser Black-backed, Typical as well as Black-headed Gulls. At some point, one remote colour-ringed bird was found, as well as this became – Black-headed Gull – 2CSK from my Antrim Marina website. 2CSK , was not videotaped at Antrim Marina on the complying with day, throughout my regular check out.

Black-headed Gull – 2CSK – Joint One Parking Area, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 19 Aug 2022)

( Sounded as an Un-Sexed Grownup, on the 17th December 2017, at Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim)


Saturday 20th August 2022

On conclusion of a couple of Saturday tasks, I left from Ballymena in the very early mid-day to check out websites around Belfast. It became an aggravating mid-day, as not a solitary ring was found, in spite of scoping numerous legs. Out of all these, I had actually anticipated to obtain one ring a minimum of.


Sunday 21st August 2022

After my unsatisfactory browse through to Belfast the other day, I chose to re-visit most of the very same websites once again today, as well as certainly I needed to obtain something this moment. The outcome was essentially the like the other day up until I got to the mudflats at Dargan late right into the mid-day. Prior to getting to Dargan, Kinnegar Coastline truly had me scraping my head. For being such a good day, for as soon as, really couple of individuals ventured onto the coastline which was abounding with gulls as well as waders. Regardless of the outstanding numbers, I can not think it, as not a solitary ring was to be seen.

When I reached the mudflats at Dargan, the trend was well up as well as Black-tailed Godwits were one of the most many types without a doubt, with a minimum of 150 to 200 birds in all. Gulls as well as various other waders, were additionally existing in handful. I invested a long time scoping via the Godwits, as numerous birds were up until now from the waters side, that their legs can not be seen. At some point, I videotaped 2 with colour-rings that had actually been ringed in your area.

The very first bird – Blue/Red – Orange (=-RRB-, was a brand-new discovery to me, although I have 2 previous re-sightings on my spread sheet. It is from a catch of 24 birds, captured as well as ringed on the 21st April 2021, at the RSPB’s Home window on Wild animals Get, simply 2kms to the eastern from Dargan. The previous discoveries were reported to me by Brian Douglas on the 17th February 2022, as well as Derek Polley on the 24th March 2022, at the WoW Get.

The 2nd bird – Green/Green – Orange (=-RRB-, was among 2 that I videotaped below on the Dargan mudflats last weekend break. The period for both birds, is currently 1 year as well as 4 months.

Black-tailed Godwit – Blue/Red – Orange (=-RRB- – Dargan Mudflats, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 21 Aug 2022)

( Sounded as a Grownup Women, on the 21st April 2021, at RSPB Home Window on Wild Animals Get, Belfast Harbour Estate)

Black-tailed Godwit – Green/Green – Orange (=-RRB- – Dargan Mudflats, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 21 Aug 2022)

( Sounded as a Grownup Women, on the 21st April 2021, at RSPB Home Window on Wild Animals Get, Belfast Harbour Estate)

After leaving the Dargan Mudflats, I drove the brief range to Whitehouse Shallows. The trend was currently well up on Belfast Lough, at this factor, it had actually not gotten to the pipelines which run beneath the freeway, which would ultimately flooding the Shallows. There were numerous gulls of different types, in addition to great varieties of waders, specifically Oystercatchers. Having actually invested much much longer below than I had actually planned, not also one steel ring was seen.

I had actually planned to check out the coast at neighboring Whiteabbey, yet when I arrived, the coastline had just about vanished. With it currently being high trend on the coastline, I required an inland website to collaborate with, as well as none far better than the recreation centre at Carrickfergus. My objective below, would certainly be to see if I can discover Black-headed Gull – 2CPS Parking at the recreation centre, I made my method to the ‘Mill Ponds’, which is a fairly big lake as opposed to a fish pond. Strolling over the little footbridge onto the island in the centre of the fish pond, there on the ground at the various other end of the footbridge was – 2CPS

There is no question that – 2CPS , is a routine wintering bird below at the Mill Ponds, yet remarkably, today’s discovery is just the 13th document for the gull below. The is because of the absence of check outs made by ‘Ring Visitors’, indicating the gull is under-recorded at this website. 2CPS , was ringed as a chick, on the 16th June 2017, at the RSPB’s Blue Circle Island Get on Larne Lough, Co. Antrim. Carrickfergus Recreation Centre exists simply 12 kilometres/ 7 miles southern from Blue Circle Island. Throughout the years considering that being ringed, 2CPS has actually been videotaped below a minimum of as soon as every winter season, the period currently being 5 years, 2 months as well as 5 days. The last discovery had actually been made below on the 16th January 2022, so if absolutely nothing else, an excellent couple of months has actually been contributed to the birds durability.

Black-headed Gull – 2CPS – Carrickfergus Recreation Centre, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim ( 21 Aug 2022)

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

There has actually been a set of Mute Swans at the Mill Ponds for several years currently, as well as while I got on the island in the center of the fish pond, both in addition to 5 big downy cygnets came onto land to obtain their share of the bread that I was making use of to bring in the gulls to me. In the beginning, I paid little focus to the grownups, yet eventually I observed that the man had a metal-ring. He has to be a brand-new bird below, as in the past, none of the swans were ringed. Both people walked in circles, as I attempted to get a picture of the ring, though ultimately he stood enough time that I can get the number – Z90262

Assuming that this was a brand-new discovery for me, on returning house, I entered it’s number onto the BTO’s Satanic force Buzzing Data source. The Data source discloses buzzing as well as re-sighting information, yet not the places. Z90262 , had actually been ringed as a 2nd fiscal year man, on the 12th February 2016, as well as 2 re-sighting days were detailed. The very first of these got on Xmas Day 2020, which left me asking yourself, as I believe I’m the only ‘Ring Visitor’ in Northern Ireland, that proactively heads out trying to find rings on Xmas Day.

I made a search of the number on my ‘Key Ring Analysis Spread Sheet’, as well as reduced as well as behold, I had actually videotaped the bird on Xmas Day. Back in 2016, the swan had actually been ringed at Belfast’s Victoria Park, as well as my discovery on Xmas Day 2020, went to Belfast’s previous Water supply at Cliftonville. The day of the 2nd discovery on Satanic force, was offered as getting on the 27th April 2022. Undoubtedly, this 2nd discovery has to have been made below at the recreation centre, so sent out a demand to the BTO for the area of that discovery. The area, was merely offered as Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, yet undoubtedly, it needed to be below on the Mill Ponds.

The range from Victoria Park, is 15 kilometres/ 9 miles (NNE), as well as the period considering that being ringed, is currently 6 years, 6 months as well as 9 days. I truly felt rather chuffed, at having actually videotaped an additional bird from the past. Ring Analysis, will certainly constantly vomit some fascinating re-sightings, as well as today, I have actually been acquiring a few of these of late.

Mute Swan – Z90262 – Carrickfergus Recreation Centre, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim (21 Aug 2022)

( Sounded as a second Fiscal Year Man, on the 12th February 2016, at Victoria Park, Belfast)


From Suzanne Belshaw

Suzanne Belshaw has actually communicated once again, worrying the re-sighting of a Herring Gull at Tyrella Coastline in Area Down. T7VE , was ringed as a chick on the third July 2019, on the Calf bone of Guy, Island of Guy. This newest discovery, is currently the 4th considering that the gull was ringed. The very first was made by Declan Clarke, on the 26th January 2020 at Ardglass Harbour in Area Down. On the 21st July 2020, Graham McElwaine videotaped the gull at the high trend roost on the South Inner Bay at Dundrum in Area Down. Tyrella Coastline, was the scene of the 3rd discovery, made by Suzanne herself, on the 9th September 2020. This newest discovery takes the period to 3 years, 1 month as well as 1 day considering that being ringed, as well as Tyrella Coastline is positioned 64 kilometres/ 39 miles (WNW) from the Calf Bone of Guy.

My many thanks once again mosts likely to Suzanne for the discovery record, in addition to the pictures.

Herring Gull – T7VE – Tyrella Coastline, Co. Down ( 04 Aug 2022)

( Sounded as a Chick, on the third July 2019, on the Calf bone of Guy, Island of Guy)

Buzzing Healing

In my previous blog post, we were waiting on the recuperation information of an additional Herring Gull found by Suzanne at Kilkeel Harbour in Area Down, this set being a juvenile/2nd year bird. The recuperation has actually currently shown up, as well as J64: M , was ringed as a chick, on the 27th June 2021, additionally on the Calf bone of Guy, Island of Guy. Suzanne’s discovery, was a very first for this bird, as well as came 1 year, 1 month as well as 18 days after being ringed. The range to Kilkeel Harbour, was offered as 79 kilometres/ 49 miles (W) from the Calf Bone of Guy.

The discovery of J64: M , in addition to an additional number of Island of Guy gulls, has actually been reported to sounding planner Mark Fitzpatrick, that last reacted back in very early June. It is really uncommon for Mark not to have actually reacted now – I’m really hoping that every little thing at his end is ok. He could still be hectic with the gulls on the Calf bone of Guy, specifically as they have actually not had their buzzing put on hold because of ‘Bird Influenza’. The various other 2 gulls were sent to the BTO by their colour-codes just, yet these were out their system, so we are currently waiting on a reply from Mark.


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