Ring Viewing At Antrim Marina: 3 Marina Returnees …


Antrim Marina – Monday 10th October 2022

Ahead of my browse through to Antrim Marina on Monday 10th October, I got an e-mail from Suzanne Belshaw on Sunday night. Whilst buying in Antrim community on Saturday 8th October, as Suzanne remained in the location, she made 2 check outs to Antrim Marina. Not a great deal was taking place throughout the very first check out, yet when Suzanne recalled, an overall of 15 colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls were tape-recorded. No question contrasting the discoveries with those on my current articles, Suzanne kept in mind that a person bird stuck out – 2FDX

On inspecting my spread sheets, I was thrilled, as this was an initial discovery. 2FDX , had actually been ringed as a juvenile/1st wintertime bird, at Antrim Marina, on the 23rd November 2020. After being ringed, the young gull just went away up until Saturday past. I never ever reached taking a picture of the after that adolescent, yet take a look at it currently. It has actually been 1 year, 10 months as well as 15 days given that the bird was ringed. Lots of juveniles fall short to endure with their very first wintertime, so this was an extremely pleasing discovery. One more adolescent that I ringed at the Marina last wintertime, had an initially, therefore much the only discovery, in May 2022, in Staffordshire, England. I question if that gull will certainly additionally make it back to the Marina this wintertime.

With the enhancement of – 2FDX , I was currently looking for 36 colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls on Monday, that have actually tape-recorded at Antrim Marina this wintertime, an overall that consists of one bird captured as well as ringed in September 2022.

My many thanks to Suzanne for these discoveries as well as images.

Black-headed Gull – 2FDX – Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 08 Oct 2022)

( Sounded as a Juvenile/1st Winter Season Bird, on the 23rd November 2020, at Antrim Marina)

( Image Thanks To Suzanne Belshaw)

Colour Ringed Black-headed Gulls Tape-recorded at Antrim Marina by Suzanne Belshaw on Saturday 8th October 2022

2ABL 2ABS 2CJT 2CSA 2CTC 2FDK 2FDX 2FFA
2FFF 2FFP 2FHP 2FHV 2FHX 2FIA 2FIK

I came to Antrim Marina today, looking for 36 colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls which have actually been tape-recorded right here thus far this wintertime, which currently consisted of the current discovery of – 2FDX by Suzanne Belshaw. The morning saw concerning 80% blue skies with sunlight, as well as almost no wind. It was a little bit cool to begin with, as temperature levels should have near cold. One hefty shower of rainfall at 12:15, lasted for around 10 mins.

Parking up next to the tiny concrete jetty, my very first discovery was that of – 2FHC , at 09:14 on the imprison front of me. It was among 5 birds existing, yet as I was keeping in mind the gull on my list, a group of gulls all of a sudden showed up. Numbers gradually accumulated, as well as at 10:49, I had a returnee – 2FDJ , this being the 16th to be tape-recorded. I was thrilled to see the return of this bird, as it is Antrim Marina’s outermost leaflets.

2FDJ , was ringed at Antrim Marina, as a 2nd fiscal year bird, on the 18th November 2019.

Below are the essential discoveries for – 2FDJ :-

Sounded on the 18th November 2019, left after the 9th March 2020.

Returned on the 25th October 2020, left after the fourth January 2021 (Covid Lockdown).

Identified on the fifth February 2021, Strathclyde Nation Park, Motherwell, Scotland.

Identified on the 11th, 13th & & 14th February 2021, at Kay Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Identified on the fourth April 2021, at Tartu, eastern Estonia (2,060 kilometres/ 1,280 miles (E).

Returned on the 16th October 2021, left after the 28th February 2022.

Returned today, 10th October 2022.

As the discovery in eastern Estonia was simply 44 kilometres far from the Russian boundary, it is unidentified regarding which nation the gull really reproduced in. The period given that being ringed, is currently 2 years, 10 months as well as 22 days.

Black-headed Gull – 2FDJ – Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 10 Oct 2022)

( Sounded as a second Winter Season Bird, on the 18th November 2019, at Antrim Marina)

By 11am, there were quickly 100+ Black-headed Gulls spread out throughout the Marina. At 12:10, my 25th discovery of the day, was a 2nd returnee – 2FFT It was depending on the ground of the parking area, and also as will take a picture, all the gulls raised right into the air. 2 women showed up onto the concrete jetty as well as started tossing bread right into the water for the ducks. It took a while, yet I ultimately procured my image.

2FFT , was ringed at Antrim Marina, as an unsexed grownup, on the 21 December 2020. Considering that being ringed, re-sightings right here are a little a rarity, with today’s discovery being just the fifth entirely. Previous discoveries were made on the 8th & & 15th November 2021, 31st January 2022, as well as on the 7th February 2022. In spite of the bird not being a routine site visitor, it was excellent to see that it is still to life as well as well. The period given that being ringed, is currently 1 year, 10 months as well as 17 days.

Black-headed Gull – 2FFT – Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 10 Oct 2022)

( Sounded as an Un-Sexed Grownup, on the 21st December 2020, at Antrim Marina)

My 27th as well as last discovery was that of – 2ABA at 12:25, as well as by now, total numbers had actually gone down to around the 60 – 70 mark. Today was plainly an excellent day to attempt as well as capture a couple of brand-new birds to ring, as they were plainly ‘attacking’. To my discouragement, a Chinese pair in their forties gotten here with a purchasing bag each, filled with separated bread. Tossing it around the parking area for the gulls, they quickly had their fill as well as a great deal of bread continued to be leftover.

With the current returnees – 2FDX , 2FDJ && 2FFT , my general total amount of colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls has actually increased to 38 for my following check out. I was mosting likely to anticipate the return of – 2FDJ in this message, yet the bird has actually defeated me to it. Browsing my Antrim Marina Spread sheet, 2 birds that are missing, are 2FFJ && 2FFL Last wintertime, both were tape-recorded from August onwards, so I’m questioning, what has actually occurred to them. The very first was a grown-up when ringed in December 2020, while the secondly was an adolescent, additionally ringed in 2020.

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Another gull ‘protruded’ from today’s discoveries, which was – 2FFC , tape-recorded at 11:56. There are times, when maybe missing for weeks at once, so today’s fifth discovery for this wintertime was an excellent one to obtain.

Black-headed Gull – 2FFC – Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 10 Oct 2022)

( Sounded as an Un-Sexed Grownup, on the 30th November 2020, at Antrim Marina)

In my last number of articles, I failed to remember to point out 2 various other Black-headed Gulls. The one legged (left leg) bird which floats at my auto home window to reveal its arrival, has actually vanished just recently. It initially showed up late on last wintertime, yet returned early this wintertime. We have a little bit of a runt – this scrawny looking adolescent, is around half the dimension of a regular Black-headed Gull, so would undoubtedly reasonable improperly in the scrums for food. Today, for the 3rd week straight, it would certainly stroll right approximately me being in my auto, as well as I would certainly feed it little bits of brownish bread. The young person has no worry, as well as delicately walks appropriate to my feet. I might quickly raise it to ring, however, for currently, I’ll leave it well alone simply to see just how it advances. Must I determine to call it, I will certainly provide it a steel just, unless it expands huge sufficient to include a Darvic.

Colour Ringed Black-headed Gulls Tape-recorded at Antrim Marina on Monday 10th October 2022

2FHC 2FHX 2FHP 2FFF 2CSA 2CSR 2AAB 2FFA 2ACV
2ABN 2CTC 2FIF 2AAK 2FDK 2BRA 2FDJ 2FHV 2ABL
2FHA 2FIK 2CJT 2CSB 2AAN 2FFC 2FFT 2FFP 2ABA

Colour Ringed Black-headed Gulls Tape-recorded at Antrim Marina This Autumn/Winter yet Missing Today

2AAA 2ABS 2CSK 2CSL 2CSX 2FDX
2FFX 2FHJ 2FIA 2FIH 2FIJ

Various Other Birds at Antrim Marina

My typical grown-up Herring Gull came to 9:39 today, having actually been missing last Monday. An adolescent Herring Gull showed up at 10:07, as well as this very same bird has actually been tape-recorded right here in current weeks. It as well, would quickly come right approximately me in the auto, as well as the grown-up Herring Gull endures the young people asking phone calls. At 10:05, 2 grown-up Typical Gulls gotten here with each other, as well as a 3rd reached 11:05. None were ringed, which leaves me still awaiting the return of the tiny Scottish-rung lady.

Having actually simply parked on my arrival, I discovered a Mute Swan celebration distant at the breakwater introducing Lough Neagh. Browsing my field glasses, it was our typical household with the 4 cygnets. They swam appropriate past the Marina, heading upriver, though among the cygnets escaped as well as came onto land onto the slipway. A brief time later on, the household returned onto the slipway. At 11:13, I snooped an additional 3 cygnets swimming in from Lough Neagh, as well as these to avoided upriver. At 11:30, they returned down as well as touched down onto the slipway. Both grownups were unfazed by their existence, as well as they socialized in with the various other 4 cygnets. Eventually, the 3 a little bigger cygnets returned in the direction of Lough Neagh. I was stunned by them, as they quickly pertained to my hand for a feed of bread. A person, someplace, has actually been feeding them.

Around 40 Mallards existed on my arrival, with numbers swiftly raising to at the very least 70 birds entirely. Customarily, the majority of legs were examined, yet still no rings.

A solitary Hooded Crow came to 10:13, as well as the ‘pied’ Hooded Crow, which initially showed up 2 weeks back, came to 10:33. This ‘pied’ bird, is still a little worried being around individuals. Simply 2 Jackdaws today – what is happening with this types? In the past, numbers would certainly have been more than this.

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Saturday 8th October 2022

My primary targets for today, were 2 colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls – a Norwegian bird which often visits the Kilroot Power plant (Coast) as well as Carrickfergus Recreation Centre, as well as one at Whiteabbey coming from Adam McClure’s previous Northern Ireland Task.

At Kilroot, I timed my arrival to accompany an outward bound trend. I wished to be worked out right into placement on the seawall, so as not to show up endangering to the seabirds as they showed up. A tiny freshwater river moves over the coastline, where the gulls would certainly concern shower as well as consume alcohol freshwater. Having actually rested for concerning threequarters of a hr, the waders and after that gulls, started to get here.

An Orange Darvic on a Herring Gull was the very first ring to be identified, as well as I understood this was mosting likely to be one more discovery of a Scottish-rung bird. A: H58 , was ringed as a chick, on the 12th July 2018, on Girl Island Island, near Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland. All re-sightings for this bird has actually been made right here at Kilroot – 29th November 2020, 3rd October 2021, 10th September 2022, as well as today’s discovery. The period given that being ringed, is currently 4 years, 2 months as well as 26 days, as well as the range from Girl Island to Kilroot, is 111 kilometres/ 68 miles (SW).

Herring Gull – A: H58 – Kilroot Power Plant, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 08 Oct 2022)

( Sounded as a Chick, on the 12th July 2018, on Girl Island, Ayrshire, Scotland)

Eventually, I discovered 2 Herring Gulls with Yellow Darvic’s. I understood both birds were from the Copeland Islands, as I might nearly see – : W , jabbing over the waterline. One gull was standing in a swimming pool of water, yet as the trend pulled back the 2nd ring was disclosed – 0V: W

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0V: W , was ringed as an unsexed grownup, on the 23rd Might 2014, on Large Copeland Island in Area Down. The very first re-sighting, was made on the sixth November 2014, when Cameron Moore identified the gull at Ballycarry Bridge on Larne Lough, Co. Antrim. I made the 2nd re-sighting right here at Kilroot, on the 29th November 2020. Today’s newest discovery, takes the period to 8 years, 4 months as well as 15 days given that being ringed, as well as the range from Large Copeland Island, is 15 kilometres/ 9 miles (WNW). I got in the steel number onto the BTO Satanic Force Buzzing Data source, which validated that these 3 discoveries, are the just one to be sent thus far.

Herring Gull – 0V: W – Kilroot Power Plant, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 08 Oct 2022)

( Sounded as an Un-Sexed Grownup, on the 23rd Might 2014, on Large Copeland Island, The Copeland Islands, Co. Down)

Whilst awaiting my 2nd Copeland Herring Gull to get here, I discovered a remote colour-ringed Oystercatcher. I instantly asked yourself if this was an Icelandic bird that I tape-recorded right here back in 2020. Zooming out with my video camera, I acknowledged the colour rings – Black over Black on the left leg, as well as White( CC) on the appropriate leg – NN-W( CC).

The bird was metal-ringed just, as a grown-up reproduction lady, on the 11th June 2009, at Hvalfjarðareyri in south-west Iceland. On the second June 2019, it was once more caught whilst reproducing as well as the colour rings were fitted. It has actually been tape-recorded on countless events in Iceland, the only discovery away from that nation was made right here at Kilroot, on the 29th November 2020. I attempted a number of times to re-sight this bird last wintertime with no good luck.

Having actually reported my newest discovery to Boddi Þórisson in Iceland, he responded to claim that – NN-W( CC) had a predated nest throughout this previous summertime, though this has yet to be gotten in onto the PDF Data ( read). The period given that being ringed, is currently 13 years, 3 months as well as 27 days, as well as Kilroot exists 1,390 kilometres/ 863 miles (SE) from Hvalfjarðareyri.

Oystercatcher – NN-W( CC) – Kilroot Power Plant, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 08 Oct 2022)

( Sounded as a Reproduction Grownup Women, on the 11th June 2009, at Hvalfjarðareyri, SW. Iceland)

Having actually safeguarded my Icelandic Oystercatcher, I redoubled on the 2nd Copeland Herring Gull. It was still standing in the very same swimming pool of water with simply – : W revealing on its colour-ring. Distant, I might see a little celebration of individuals, in addition to 2 pets strolling in my instructions. My gull never ever relocated, as well as as soon as the celebration reached my placement, every one of the birds took off as well as my opportunity of a 2nd Copeland colour-ring was gone. The tiny team were ‘equipped’ with huge plastic bags, as well as started getting plastic rubbish on the high trend line.

With the trend well on its means out, I chose to make a fast dashboard to the coastline at Whiteabbey as well as chose to check out Carrickfergus Recreation Centre later on in the day rather than currently. Coming to Whiteabbey, I was eager to re-sight among Adam’s McClure’s Black-headed Gulls coming from his previous Northern Ireland Task This bird, ringed – 2CPN , was last seen right here on the Whiteabbey coast, on the 19th February 2022. Over the last number of months, both Suzanne Belshaw as well as myself have actually gone to the coast right here at Whiteabbey, yet no indication of – 2CPN

Scoping with the Black-headed Gulls, I discovered one with a Red Darvic distant. Transferring to the path next to the highway, I had a much better angle of the bird as well as appropriately caught the code – 2HP4 I sensed, that this coincided bird formerly tape-recorded right here by Suzanne as well as myself. On returning house, I examined my spread sheet, as well as Suzanne had the very first re-sighting on the 23rd November 2021, whilst I tape-recorded the gull on the 16th January 2022.

2HP4 , was ringed as a chick, on the 24th June 2020, at the Elvanfoot nest in South Lanarkshire, Scotland by the Clyde Buzzing Team. The range to Whiteabbey, is 166 kilometres/ 103 miles (WSW), as well as the period given that being ringed, is currently 2 years, 3 months as well as 2 week. I emailed Iain Livingstone that is the buzzing organizer, yet I would certainly be rather certain, that these 3 discoveries are the just one for this bird thus far.

Black-headed Gull – 2HP4 – Whiteabbey Coast, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 08 Oct 2022)

( Sounded as a Chick, on the 24th June 2020, at Elvanfoot, South Lanarkshire, Scotland)

Remaining to range with the gulls, I after that identified a Black-headed Gull with a Blue Darvic. This set became among my Antrim Marina research birds – 2FFN , as well as this was my 2nd discovery of the gull right here on Whiteabbey Coastline. 2FFN , was ringed as an unsexed grownup, on the 14th December 2020, at the Marina. The very first re-sighting, was made at Antrim Marina, on the 11th October 2021, which stays the only discovery at the Marina thus far. I dropped in with – 2FFN for the 2nd time, on the 27th August 2022, right here at Whiteabbey. This 3rd discovery entirely, takes the period given that being ringed, to 1 year, 9 months as well as 4 days. The range from Antrim, is 23 kilometres/ 14 miles (ESE). Will it go back to Antrim Marina at time this wintertime?

Black-headed Gull – 2FFN – Whiteabbey Coast, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 08 Oct 2022)

( Sounded as an Un-Sexed Grownup, on the 14th December 2020, at Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim)

Without any even more rings identified at Whiteabbey, I drove to the neighboring Whitehouse Shallows. The trend was well out now, as well as extremely couple of birds were to be located on the Shallows. A far-off colour-ringed Oystercatcher was identified, which I instantaneously acknowledged as being an Icelandic bird, with simply 2 colour-rings continuing to be. This bird, was initially ringed with Environment-friendly over White on the left leg, as well as had an Environment-friendly Flag over a Black ring on the appropriate leg. According to Boddi Þórisson, much of the Icelandic Oystercatchers took care of the get rid of the ‘Flags’ themselves, for this reason the intro of White-coded Darvics in later years. Not just, had my bird right here at Whitehouse Shallows, shed its ‘Flag’ on the appropriate leg, yet the ordinary Environment-friendly ring on the left leg, in some way took care of to slide inside the ordinary white ring on the very same leg (I took care of to get a picture revealing this time back currently).

GW-GfN, was ringed as an unsexed reproduction grownup, on the fifth June 2015, at Mjóanef, Eystri Rangá, in Southern Iceland. It’s very first ever before re-sighting was tape-recorded by me, right here at Whitehouse Shallows, on the sixth September 2015, as well as the bird has actually returned every wintertime given that. The period given that being ringed, is currently 7 years, 4 months as well as 3 days, as well as the range from Iceland, is 1,294 kilometres/ 804 miles (SE). Boddi sent me an upgraded PDF Data, which can be reviewed ( PDF). He additionally specified that the accessibility to the birds reproducing website was blocked throughout the summertime, as a result of some disagreement worrying landowners. Boddi, is wishing that it will certainly be settled following summertime, as well as they prepare to capture both grownups as well as provide brand-new colour-rings.

Oystercatcher – GW-GfN – Whitehouse Shallows, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 08 Oct 2022)

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( Sounded as an Un-Sexed Reproduction Grownup, on the fifth June 2015, at Mjóanef, S. Iceland)

With the mudflats at Dargan, not being that far, I chose to head there following. The good idea concerning these mudflats, is that the land runs alongside the outbound trend. Great Deals Of Black-headed Gulls were spread out throughout the location, yet after a long scoping session, not one ring was to be seen. Now, the sunlight was reduced in the west, so it was a little far too late to be heading back to Carrickfergus, rather, it was off to house.

Explanation

An additional e-mail has actually been gotten from Suzanne Belshaw, with discoveries of 2 gulls that she failed to remember to report, having actually identified the birds at Whiteabbey Coastline, on the 27th September 2022. Among these was the Black-headed Gull that I had actually been trying to find – 2CPN as discussed over.

2CPN , had actually last been seen right here on the 19th February 2022. The bird was ringed as a chick, on the 16th June 2017, at the RSPB’s Blue Circle Island Get, on Larne Lough, Co. Antrim. It was very first identified on the Whiteabbey coast, on the 24th September 2017, as well as has actually been tape-recorded right here at the very least as soon as every wintertime given that. The period on the 27th September, is 5 years, 3 months as well as 11 days, given that being ringed, as well as the range from Blue Circle Island, is 19 kilometres/ 11 miles (SSW).

Black-headed Gull – 2CPN – Whiteabbey Coast, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 27 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)

The 2nd gull is additionally a routine wintertime site visitor to the coast at Whiteabbey – Typical Gull – 2AIP I looked at a number of Typical Gulls throughout my check out, I might not discover it.

2AIP , was ringed as a chick, on the 11th June 2012, on Large Copeland Island in Area Down. Its very first discovery was made by me on the 10th October 2015, right here at Whiteabbey, as well as it as well, has actually been tape-recorded at the very least as soon as every wintertime given that. The period, is currently one decade, 3 months as well as 16 days, as well as the range from Large Copeland Island, is 23 kilometres/ 14 miles (W).

Typical Gull – 2AIP Whiteabbey Coast, Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim ( 27 Sep 2022)

( Sounded as a Chick, on the 11th June 2012, on Large Copeland Island, The Copeland Islands, Co. Down)

( Image Thanks To Suzanne Belshaw)

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Buzzing Recuperation

In my previous message, I reported on a Black-headed Gull ringed – 22L5. The gull was identified by Steven Fyffe on the 29th September 2022, at Girl Bay, on Lough Neagh, Co. Antrim. The code on the ring was unclear evaluating the images, though Steven believed maybe either – 1215 or 1715. If the was a British-rung bird, the code would certainly begin with the number 2. I replicated in Suzanne Belshaw, in my respond to Steven, as well as on the adhering to day (30th September), Suzanne situated the gull as well as caught the code – 22L5

An e-mail was sent out to Colin McShane of the Belvide Black-headed Gull task, as well as after a couple of days, no reply was gotten, so I as a result reported the gull to the BTO by it’s colour-marks just. On the 7th October, a reply ultimately showed up from Colin, providing his apologies, as they had actually gone to a yearly buzzing camp on the Algarve (great).

22L5 , was ringed as a chick, on the 8th June 2019, at Belvide Storage Tank, in Staffordshire, England. Its very first re-sighting was made on the fourth Might 2020, when the bird showed up at Portmadog Harbour, in Gwynedd, Wales. The gull after that went back to the Belvide Storage tank as well as was seen two times in April 2021, as well as once more in March 2022. Suzanne’s discovery on the 30th September, takes the period to 3 years, 3 months as well as 22 days given that being ringed. The healing has actually not gotten here from the BTO, so I exercised the range as being, 340 kilometres/ 211 miles (NW).

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