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Ring Viewing At Antrim Marina: Xmas Catastrophe …

Ring Viewing At Antrim Marina: Xmas Catastrophe …

Xmas Day 2022

Every Xmas Day, my primary goal to tape a Norwegian colour-ringed Black-headed Gull (White J4TJ), at the Connswater Shopping center parking lot in Belfast. Viewing as every one of the stores are shut, this is my finest chance to tempt (White) J4TJ to find to ground for a feed of bread. The gull was very first taped at the Connswater Shopping center back in January 2014, when found by Adam McClure. Considering That Xmas Day 2017, with the exemption of Xmas Day 2019, I have actually effectively re-sighted the gull in the parking lot. Having actually had a look at the ‘Real-time Norwegian Buzzing Data Source’, (White) J4TJ, has actually not been seen considering that last Xmas. An Additional Black-headed Gull – the Dutch (White) EAK9, is commonly taped at the very same time in the Connswater parking lot.

On my means to Belfast, I called right into the community of Antrim, to see if I can tape the return of Black-headed Gull – 2AFD , in addition to a German metal-rung Black-headed Gull – IA200180 , and also a Scottish Black-headed Gull called – 2EA1 , all formerly taped at the Castle Means parking lot in the community centre.

Having actually gotten to the parking lot, the appeal of bread quickly had the gulls crowding down in the direction of me, and also 3 Black-headed Gulls were taped with colour-rings, yet no indicator of either of the German or Scottish birds.

The very first to be taped was – 2CTC , which was ringed as an initial winter season bird in December 2018, at the close-by Antrim Marina, where I examine a wintering populace of Black-headed Gulls. Given that 2018, 2CTC has actually been on a regular basis taped at Antrim Marina, with the only exemption having actually been taped back in February 2022, when I found the gull at Antrim’s Joint One Shopping center parking lot. Today’s discovery takes the period considering that being ringed to 4 years and also 1 day.

Black-headed Gull – 2CTC – Castle Means Parking Lot, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 25 Dec 2022)

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( Called as a Juvenile/1st Winter Months Bird, on the 24th December 2018, at Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim)

The 2nd Black-headed Gull was – 2FIL This bird was captured and also ringed as a second Wintertime bird on the 31st October 2022. Given that being ringed, 2FIL had actually been re-sighted on 5 events at Antrim Marina, the last documented having actually been made on the 19th December 2022. 1 month and also 25 days have actually currently expired considering that the gull was ringed.

Black-headed Gull – 2FIL – Castle Means Parking Lot, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 25 Dec 2022)

( Called as an Un-Sexed second Fiscal Year Bird, on the 31st October 2022, at Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim)(* )My 3rd gull was my prime target –

2AFD 2AFD , comes from Adam McClure’s previous Northern Ireland Black-headed Gull Research, and also was captured and also ringed at Antrim Marina as a man on the 12th February 2014. Having actually currently made numerous efforts to tape the return of – 2AFD , I was truly thrilled to tape it today. Over the last few years, 2AFD hardly ever check outs Antrim Marina, yet the Castle Means parking lot currently seems it’s favoured website to invest the winter season. My last discovery of –

2AFD last winter season, took place to be at Antrim Marina on the 21st February 2022, prior to I got a discovery record on the 27th March 2022. A Juris Vigulis reported seeing – 2AFD , in the Kengarags location, on the western side of the resources Riga in Latvia. 2AFD is familiar with Riga, as in April 2015, and also once again in April 2016, 2AFD was found at Getlini Eko Garbage Dump Website on the eastern borders of Riga. The period considering that being ringed, is currently 8 years, 10 months and also 13 days. Black-headed Gull –

2AFD – Castle Means Parking Lot, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim ( 25 Dec 2022)( Called as a Man, on the 12th February 2014, at Antrim Marina, Antrim Community, Co. Antrim)

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Leaving the Castle Means parking lot, I drove the brief range to Antrim’s KFC parking lot, prior to directly in the direction of Belfast. Simply 2 Black-headed Gulls existed, yet on throwing away little bits of bread, various other birds promptly adhered to. With an overall of 15 BHG’s, none were ringed. I had actually wished for one more discovery of –

EA65722 which was ringed as a chick, on the 26th June 2021 in Norfolk, England. My discovery of this gull on the 14th August 2022, took place to be an initial re-sighting for this second year bird at the KFC parking lot. Additional discoveries were made right here on the 19th August and also sixth November 2022. Catastrophe Strikes

I currently signed up with the freeway to make my means in the direction of Belfast. Having actually simply passed the Templepatrick joint, I began shedding power on the uphill area of the freeway, and also knew that the clutch had actually fallen short. I was required to go onto the tough shoulder, where I took care of to maintain the automobile relocating at a full throttle of 20 miles per hour in 2nd equipment. There was no other way of reaching Belfast, so I made a decision to go on taking place the tough shoulder where I can leave the freeway at the Glengormley joint. At Glengormley, I asked yourself if I can limp back to Ballymena using the back road, yet as I took a trip uphill in the direction of the Corrs Edge roundabout, the automobile involved a total grinding halt.

My problem needs to have been captured on CCTV, as quickly after that the cops drew in behind me. Describing that the clutch had actually gone, the cops were very useful and also arranged a failure truck to obtain the automobile and also myself back to Ballymena. I needed to rest and also await simply over a hr, yet with the work done and also ₤ 180 lighter in my pocket, I was back house.

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What a finishing to my Xmas Day. Why could not this have actually taken place a number of weeks back, when I was off help 2 weeks with a joint tooth and also throat infection. Currently right into the vacation duration, benefits recognize the length of time it will certainly require to come back onto the roadway.

Without automobile, I can not reach Antrim Marina on Boxing Day, and also it looks most likely that I will certainly additionally miss my following regular see to the Marina on the second January.


Suzanne Belshaw emailed me to check if I enjoyed to approve her most recent ring discoveries and also regardless of an extensive delay, absolutely nothing got here. On Tuesday 27th December, I found 2 e-mails from Suzanne in my Spam Box, which I after that relocated right into my Inbox. I’m currently refining some extremely intriguing discoveries which will certainly show up in my following blog post.




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