Ring Watching At Antrim Marina: Inexperienced Moon…


      Antrim Marina – Monday twelfth September 2022       

Immediately’s go to to Antrim Marina, is my seventh weekly go to throughout this autumn/winter season, and it was very uninteresting however calm.  Because the morning wore on, it grew to become brighter with loads of sunshine breaking by.  Round 40 Black-headed Gulls have been current on my arrival, and numbers shortly elevated to across the 100 mark.  That whole remained about the identical all through my go to, although as soon as once more birds have been clearly coming and going.

With the sneaky arrival of –  2CSR  throughout final week’s go to, the overall of colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls recorded on the Marina thus far this winter, elevated to 34 birds altogether.  For some motive, I had thought that I had already recorded –  2CSR  over earlier weeks, so I made certain I took a photograph when he appeared at present at 11:50.

Black-headed Gull  –   2CSR   –  Antrim Marina, Antrim City, Co. Antrim  (12 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as an Un-Sexed 2nd Winter Chicken, on the twenty fourth December 2017, at Antrim Marina)

Altogether, 24 colour-rings have been learn throughout at present’s go to, subsequently, I had 10 absentees.   2FDK , was the primary ring learn at 09:13, and by 10:28, the ring of –  2AAN  was the seventeenth learn in an hour and 1 / 4.  After that point, there have been giant gaps in arrivals, and my twenty fourth and ultimate ring learn, was that of –  2FHC  at 12:34.  I departed at 1pm.

Color Ringed Black-headed Gulls Recorded at Antrim Marina on Monday twelfth September 2022

 2FDK   2AAA   2CJT   2CSB   2FFP   2FIF   2FFA   2ABN 
 2AAB   2FHJ   2AAK   2FFX   2FFF   2FHV   2ACV   2CTC 
 2AAN   2FIA   2CSR   2FIH   2FHX   2ABS   2ABL   2FHC 

Color Ringed Black-headed Gull Recorded at Antrim Marina This Autumn/Winter however Absent Immediately

 2ABA   2BRA   2CSA   2CSK   2CSL   2CSX   2FFC   2FHA   2FHP   2FIJ 

As soon as it had quietened down a bit later within the morning, I made a decision to have a go at catching a chook or two, because the gulls have been clearly desirous to get on the bread choices.  A few juveniles may simply have been caught, however nonetheless sporting a lot brown plumage, I made a decision to not catch them as they’re nonetheless so younger and will perish over the subsequent few weeks.  Bigger, older juveniles have been extra cautious and stored their distance.  Some adults, in addition to 2nd 12 months birds, have been a bit bolder, and I managed to catch one grownup, the primary to be ringed this winter –  2FIK .

With the addition of –  2FIK , I will be looking out for 35 colour-rings subsequent week, plus any additional returnees.

Black-headed Gull  –   2FIK   –  Antrim Marina, Antrim City, Co. Antrim  (12 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as an Un-Sexed Grownup, throughout Immediately’s Go to to Antrim Marina)

Different Birds at Antrim Marina

One grownup Herring Gull was current on my arrival, this being the same old grownup which was not right here final week.  I do know this chook effectively, because it readily comes near me, however at present for the primary time, it took bread immediately from my hand.  The second 12 months Herring Gull which appeared right here final week, really walked proper as much as me as I used to be sitting in my automotive feeding Mallards by hand.  He chased them off, after which proceeded to take the bread from my hand.  I’ve ‘G’ sized metallic rings at house, so I will must carry these with me on my subsequent visits and hopefully will catch and ring this one.  It could be attention-grabbing to see how this chook develops, and the way it will get on sooner or later.  A juvenile Herring Gull appeared at 10:32, and spent most of it is time ‘crying out’, so it was clearly hungry.  A second grownup Herring Gull landed on the roof of the ‘Gateway Centre’ simply earlier than my departure.

An grownup Lesser Black-backed Gull landed on one of many lampposts at 11:26, and an grownup Widespread Gull landed on the brief concrete jetty at 11:40.  No Widespread Gulls appeared right here final week.  Final winter, a small Scottish-rung feminine Widespread Gull arrived again to Antrim Marina, on the earliest date ever recorded (sixteenth August 2021).  This chook was ringed in Ayrshire, Scotland, as a chick in 2013, and was first recorded at Antrim Marina in February 2014.  Having returned to the Marina yearly since, I am desirous to file its return as soon as once more.

40 Mallards had elevated to round birds at a headcount made round 11:30am.  As traditional, most legs have been checked, however no rings noticed.

The Mute Swan household with their 4 cygnets, arrived in from Lough Neagh at 9:40am.  The landed on the small sandy seashore, walked over the street to the slipway after which swam off upriver.  They reappeared at 11am onto the slipway.

A juvenile Rook at 10:30, and 6 Jackdaws have been the one different species to be famous. 

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      County Down – Thursday eighth September 2022       

For a change in surroundings, I made a decision to take myself off to County Down at present, to work the western shores of Strangford Lough.  I left house in time, that I’d arrive after a protracted drive to coincide with the tide starting to exit.  Kilclief Bay, was my first cease once I acquired down that far, and my timing was good.  A small variety of gulls and Sandwich Terns have been scoped, in addition to pretty quite a few Dunlins, however no rings.  Driving from Kilclief Bay in direction of Millquater Bay, a lot of gulls could possibly be seen on rocks and a small seashore.  Parking on the grass verge, I scoped from a really lengthy distance, and observed a Black-headed Gull sporting a Darvic Ring.  To my delight, there was additionally a lot of Widespread Gulls there too (however none have been ringed).

Grabbing my digital camera and telescope, I wanted to chop down on the space to have any likelihood of capturing the code on the Black-headed Gull.  Some gulls took to the air, and I used to be not even anyplace near them.  Clearly, they weren’t that used to folks being about.  Maintaining as little as doable, I acquired near the shore and commenced scoping once more.  It took a couple of minutes, however I relocated my Black-headed Gull once more, although it was nonetheless fairly distant.  Zooming in, I nearly manged to seize the code –  2AXT .

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I couldn’t place the code, although I knew it belonged to Adam McClure’s former Northern Eire mission.  On returning house and checking the code on my spreadsheet, I used to be delighted to see that this chook had been recorded earlier than, and was a bit particular.

 2AXT , had been ringed as a chick, on the eighth June 2016, at Inch Island in County Donegal.  Sightings of Black-headed Gulls from the Inch Island colony are extraordinarily uncommon, as might be learn in my account of – 2BCC in my earlier submit (learn).

The primary ever re-sighting of –  2AXT , was made by me, on the 4th November 2018 at Millquarter Bay, simply up the street from the place I recorded the chook at present.  A 12 months later, on the sixth November 2019, Graham McElwaine additionally recorded –  2AXT  at Millquarter Bay.  Immediately’s sighting, takes the length to six years and three months since being ringed, and the space from Inch Island, is 150 kms / 93 miles (SE).

Black-headed Gull  –   2AXT   –  Millquarter Bay, Strangford Lough, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as a Chick, on the eighth June 2016, at Inch Island, Co. Donegal, Republic of Eire)

Driving on to close by Millquarter Bay, it is vitally straightforward to scope the gulls from the automotive, and inside a minute from parking, I noticed my first Darvic – a juvenile Herring Gull –  J76:D .  Again at house, I despatched an electronic mail to Graham Prole, who’s the ringing coordinator for the Irish Midlands Ringing Group.  Almost all the gulls ringed by them are ringed in or across the Metropolis of Dublin.  Graham replied with the birds ringing particulars.

 J76:D , was ringed as a chick, on the 14th June 2022, on the roof of the GPO constructing within the Metropolis of Dublin.  This was the primary re-sighting for the reason that gull was ringed, the length being simply 2 months and 25 days.  I submitted my sighting to the BTO, and the official distance was given as 118 kms / 73 miles (NNE).

Juvenile Herring Gull  –   J76:D   –  Millquarter Bay, Strangford Lough, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as a Chick, on the 14th June 2022, on the roof of the GPO Constructing within the Metropolis of Dublin)

I continued to scope by the gulls on the seashore of Millquarter Bay, and shortly noticed a second Darvic on one other Herring Gull –  J22:M .  Again at house, I ran the code by my spreadsheet, to search out that this was now the second sighting for this younger gull.   J22:M , was ringed as a chick, on the twenty sixth June 2021, on the Calf of Man, Isle of Man.  The primary re-sighting was made by David Nixon, on the sixth April 2022, on the South Interior Bay at Dundrum in County Down.  The excessive tide roost on the South Interior Bay, is well-liked for each gulls and waders, and is well scoped from the roadside.

We’re not having a lot pleasure with the ringing coordinator for the Isle of Man (Mark Fitzpatrick), so he’s clearly fairly busy working with gulls on the Observatory Island of the Calf of Man.  I submitted my sighting to the BTO, and the space was given as being 56 kms / 34 miles (WNW) from the Calf of Man.  The length since being ringed, is now 1 12 months, 2 months and 13 days.

Juvenile Herring Gull  –   J22:M   –  Millquarter Bay, Strangford Lough, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as a Chick, on the twenty sixth June 2021, on the Calf of Man, Isle of Man)

Persevering with to scope by the gulls, I noticed a Black-headed Gull with inexperienced on its leg, however was not sure at first whether or not it was a hoop or seaweed.  The chook promptly submerged itself in a pool of water, so I needed to anticipate it to rise up once more.  As soon as it acquired up, it was a Inexperienced Darvic, and I managed to take one photograph when all the gulls took flight.  Trying to see what the issue was, a person with two spaniels have been approaching the birds.  my photograph – I used to be certain that this was a Norwegian chook rung –  JCH7 .

Again at house, I looked for the code on my spreadsheet, and located a match.  Again on the sixth November 2019, Graham McElwaine had recorded –  JCH7  on this exact same seashore, and at the moment it was a primary re-sighting since being ringed..

 JCH7 , had been ringed as chick, on the eleventh June 2016, on Langåra Island, located round 18 kms / 11 miles (SW) from Oslo.  After Graham’s sighting in 2019, the chook went unrecorded till April 2021, when recorded again in Norway.  A collection of sightings in Norway early in 2022, culminated with the gull discovered at a breeding colony on Fyrsteilene Island, round 6 kms (N) from it was initially ringed as a chick.  Black-headed Gulls usually return to the identical wintering websites, so this chook might have been missed through the winters of 2020 & 2021.

The length since being ringed, is now 6 years, 2 months and 28 days, and the space from Langåra Island to Millquarter Bay, is 1143 kms / 710 miles (SW).

Black-headed Gull  –   JCH7   –  Millquarter Bay, Strangford Lough, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as a Chick, on the eleventh June 2016, on Langåra Island, close to Oslo, Norway)

Shifting on, I checked the seashore at Ballyhornan after which proceeded to Ardglass Harbour, the place I fell in with a number of colour-ringed gulls.

The primary to be noticed, was a juvenile Herring Gull –  G47:M , which was little doubt ringed this summer time.  An Isle of Man chook, I reported it to Mark Fitzpatrick, who has not replied as but.  My sighting will seemingly be a primary for this chook, and this one is the primary to be recorded in Northern Eire with the ring starting with the letter ‘ G ‘.

Juvenile Herring Gull  –   G47:M   –  Ardglass Harbour, Ardglass, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ready for the Ringing Particulars)

Subsequent up, was a second 12 months Nice Black-backed Gull –  U10:M , and this was it is fourth sighting right here at Ardglass Harbour.   U10:M , was ringed as a chick, on the eighth July 2021, on the Calf of Man, Isle of Man.  The primary re-sighting was made on the eighth December 2021, after the younger gull headed south to Rush Harbour in County Dublin.

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On the eighth of April 2022, Graham McElwaine recorded the gull at Ardglass Harbour, which was adopted by two different sightings on the harbour made by Declan Clarke, on the fifth & twenty third June 2022.  This newest sighting, takes the length to 1 12 months and a couple of months since being ringed, and Ardglass Harbour lies 57 kms / 35 miles (WNW) from the Calf of Man.

2nd Calendar 12 months Nice Black-backed Gull  –   U10:M   –  Ardglass Harbour, Ardglass, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as a Chick, on the eighth July 2021, on the Calf of Man, Isle of Man)

My subsequent sighting was one other 2nd calendar 12 months Nice Black-backed Gull –  U29:M .  It was ringed as a chick, on the seventeenth June 2021, on Kitterland Island – a small island located between mainland Isle of Man and the Calf of Man.

It was first re-sighted on the twenty first September 2021, at Kentraugh on the Isle of Man mainland.  It is subsequent sighting was made by Graham McElwaine on the eighth April 2022, right here at Ardglass Harbour.  My sighting at present, is the third for this chook, and comes 1 12 months, 2 months and 22 days after being ringed.  The space from Kitterland Island, is 57 kms / 35 miles (WNW).

2nd Calendar 12 months Nice Black-backed Gull  –   U29:M   –  Ardglass Harbour, Ardglass, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as a Chick, on the seventeenth June 2021, on Kitterland Island, Isle of Man)

The one Black Darvic of the day, was that of a Herring Gull –  T9WY .  This third 12 months Herring Gull was ringed as a chick, on the thirtieth June 2020, on the Calf of Man.  On the twelfth October 2020, it was noticed at Dunmore East in County Waterford, having travelled 256 kms / 158 miles (SW) from the Calf of Man.

The gull then went un-recorded till the tenth April 2022, when Declan Clarke noticed the gull right here at Ardglass Harbour.  On the thirty first July 2022, John Smyth reported the gull, having landed on his fishing boat simply off the coast of Coney Island, which is located near Ardglass.  My sighting at present, takes the length to 2 years, 2 months and 9 days since being ringed, as the space from the Calf of Man, is 57 kms / 35 miles (WNW).

third Calendar 12 months Herring Gull  –   T9WY   –  Ardglass Harbour, Ardglass, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as a Chick, on the thirtieth June 2020, on the Calf of Man, Isle of Man)

Yet one more 2nd calendar 12 months Nice Black-backed Gull was noticed, which will likely be a primary re-sighting in Northern Eire, because it was not on my spreadsheet.  I reported –  U40:M  to Mark Fitzpatrick, however as talked about above, there has nonetheless been no reply.  By association with Mark, all sightings of Isle of Man gulls noticed in Northern Eire, are submitted on my own, as I’ve all the places entered on my BTO DemOn Ringing Account, which saves Mark time, as he doesn’t must create the places on his Account.

2nd Calendar 12 months Nice Black-backed Gull  –   U40:M   –  Ardglass Harbour, Ardglass, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ready for the Ringing Particulars)

My ultimate ring sighting of the day, was a fourth 2nd calendar 12 months Nice Black-backed Gull –  U25:M .  It’s not on my spreadsheet, so will likely be yet one more first re-sighting in Northern Eire.  I’ve additionally reported this one to Mark.  I will wait for one more couple of days, and if I nonetheless get no reply, I’ll submit these new gull sightings to the BTO by their colour-codes solely, and hold my fingers crossed, that the ringing particulars have already been submitted.

2nd Calendar 12 months Nice Black-backed Gull  –   U25:M   –  Ardglass Harbour, Ardglass, Co. Down  (08 Sep 2022)

(Ready for the Ringing Particulars)

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      Antrim Coast – Friday ninth September 2022       

With solely a few hours to spare, I labored the east County Antrim coast from Glenarm, shifting northwards to Cushendall.  My primary goal, was to test whether or not or not, an Icelandic rung Oystercatcher had returned to Carnlough Seaside.  A good variety of gulls and waders have been checked for rings, however the one one to be discovered was that of my Oystercatcher.

Ringed Orange over Orange on the left leg, and White (AA), on the precise leg, that is now the seventh winter operating that I’ve recorded – OO-W(AA), right here on Carnlough Seaside.  The chook was ringed as an unsexed breeding grownup, on the tenth Might 2016, within the Brautarholt space in south-west Iceland, and was final seen there feeding chicks on the thirtieth June 2016.  My first sighting at Carnlough, was made on the tenth August 2016.

The length since being ringed, is now 6 years, 3 months and 30 days, and the space from Brautarholt to Carnlough, is 1,356 kms / 842 miles (SE).  It was good to file one other returnee.  Boddi, the ringing coordinator for the Icelandic Waders despatched me a PDF File, however careworn that each one of this summers sightings haven’t been handed right down to him, so the file will not be updated.

Oystercatcher  –  OO-W(AA)  –  Carnlough Seaside, Carnlough, Co. Antrim  (09 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as an Un-Sexed Breeding Grownup, on the tenth Might 2016, at Brautarholt, SW Iceland)

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      Kilroot to Dargan Mudflats – Saturday tenth September 2022       

Having recorded a Norwegian Black-headed Gull at Millquarter Bay, on the eighth September, I made a decision to attempt my luck at discovering one other one which winter’s round Carrickfergus on the County Antrim coast.  I first encountered the gull within the winter of 2020, and it returned once more final winter.  It frequents the ponds at Carrickfergus Leisure Centre, however I’ve additionally recorded it on the shore at Kilroot Energy Station simply to the north of Carrickfergus.  I checked each websites, however sadly there was no signal of it.  I took a take a look at the ‘Reside’ Norwegian Ringing Database, however this chook was not recorded in Norway through the previous summer time.

The shore at Kilroot Energy Station, was my first cease at present, timing my arrival with the tide beginning to recede.  I wanted to be settled on high of the ocean wall, in order to not disturb the gulls once they arrived in because the tide was going out.  By conserving myself as small as doable, the birds are fairly proud of me being there.  Simply the one colour-ring was noticed, and that was my third sighting of Herring Gull –  A:H58 .

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 A:H58 , was ringed as a chick, on the twelfth July 2018, on Girl Isle Nature Reserve, an island simply off the coast of Troon, in Ayrshire, Scotland.  My first ever re-sighting of this chook, was made on the twenty ninth November 2020, once I first visited this shore in entrance of the facility station.  My second sighting occurred final winter, having noticed it right here once more on the third October 2021.  David Grant, said that my sightings are the one one’s for this gull thus far.  The length since being ringed, is 4 years, 1 month and 29 days.  Kilroot is located 111 kms / 68 miles (SW) from Girl Isle.

Herring Gull  –    A:H58    –  Kilroot Energy Station (Shore), Belfast Lough, Co. Antrim  (10 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as a Chick, on the twelfth July 2018, on Girl Isle Island, Ayrshire, Scotland)

Carrickfergus Leisure Centre, was my subsequent cease in quest of the Norwegian Black-headed Gull.  The one ring recorded was that of Black-headed Gull –  2CPS  2CPS , belongs to Adam McClure’s former Northern Eire Mission, and was ringed as a chick, on the sixteenth June 2017, on Blue Circle Island on Larne Lough, Co. Antrim.

Immediately’s sighting, is the 14th for this gull, with all sightings having been made right here on the Leisure Centre.  Since being ringed in 2017, it has been recorded a minimum of as soon as each winter since.  The length since being ringed, is 5 years, 2 months and 25 days, and the space from Blue Circle Island, is simply 12 kms / 7 miles (S).

I then drove to Rhanbouy Park in Carrickfergus to test on the gulls on the shore, although regardless of a great deal of gulls of various species, no rings have been noticed.  This was the identical scenario on the shore at Whiteabbey and at Whitehouse Lagoon, which was not helped, because the tide was now effectively out.

The mudflats at Dargan on Belfast Lough, offered me with three ring sightings.  On my arrival, two different birdwatchers have been sitting with their telescopes, so goodness is aware of what they thought once I took out my digital camera to take a couple of pictures.  Having scoped my first ringed chook, I zoomed right into a Black-tailed Godwit with Blue over Black on the left leg, and an Orange Darvic with two Black rings on the precise leg – BN-O(=) – (N represents the color Black (Niger)).

BN-O(=), belongs to a catch of 24 Godwits, that have been caught and ringed on the close by RSPB’s Window on Wildlife Reserve, on the twenty first April 2021.  Immediately’s sighting is my second for this chook, having noticed it right here on the mudflats, on the fifth September 2021.  The length since being ringed, is now 1 12 months, 4 months and 20 days.

Black-tailed Godwit  –  BN-O(=)  –  Dargan Mudflats, Belfast Lough  (10 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as an Grownup Male, on the twenty first April 2021, on the RSPB’s Window on Wildlife Reserve, Belfast)

My subsequent ring sighting was that of a Black-headed Gull bearing a White Darvic.  This chook was extraordinarily distant, and I had loads of issues attempting to acquire an eligible photograph of the code.  One of the best I acquired, appeared to indicate (White) 2717, however by my requirements, I couldn’t settle for this.  The gull finally flew off, and as I watched it, the chook landed near the waterline amongst different Black-headed Gulls.

It took a very long time, however I relocated the chook, and this time I used to be in a position to acquire higher pictures, although the gull was nonetheless a good distance off.  I used to be right on the primary encounter, the ring did learn – (White) 2717.  I believed that this was a brand new sighting, for me it was, however on operating the code by my spreadsheet, this chook was recorded in Belfast earlier than.

That sighting was made by Suzanne Belshaw, when she got here throughout the gull on the former Belfast Waterworks, on the twenty second June 2022.  At the moment, the sighting was reported to Brian Burke, as I knew the chook belonged to the Lough Ree Gull Mission in County Longford within the Republic of Eire.  (White) 2717, had been ringed as a chick, on the 18th June 2021, on Kings Island, Lough Ree.  Suzanne’s sighting was the primary for this chook.  Immediately’s sighting right here at Dargan, takes the length to 1 12 months, 2 months and 23 days since being ringed, and the space from Lough Ree, is 182 kms / 113 miles (NE).

Black-headed Gull  –  (White)  2717  –  Dargan Mudflats, Belfast Lough  (10 Sep 2022)

(Ringed as a Chick, on the 18th June 2021, on Kings Island, Lough Ree, Co. Longford, Republic of Eire)

My third ring sighting was that of a Redshank.  On the left leg, the chook had a White Darvic with the letters – NCX, and on the precise leg, a plain yellow ring – W(NCX)-Y.  I knew right away, who this chook belongs to, however, as with different sightings of his colour-ringed birds, any suggestions is rarer than observing a ‘Inexperienced Moon’.  Not solely does he ignore the emails despatched to him, worst nonetheless, ringing particulars should not normally submitted to the BTO, which in flip, means, they can’t furnish ringing recoveries.

Just lately, I recorded two of his colour-ringed Oystercatchers on the Myroe Ranges, and on my DemOn Ringing Account, one other Redshank – W(HCA)-Y, noticed on two events by Suzanne Belshaw (ninth November 2021 & 1st February 2022), stays unresolved.  This can be a poor state of affairs – why colour-ring birds if observers fail to get any suggestions!!  It is excessive time, that the BTO ought to droop the ringing permits for a time period.  Maybe, such ringers pays extra consideration to their actions and the circumstances concerned.  Though I am a ringer myself, once I’m out ring studying, I’m simply one other member of the general public, who’s ring sightings must be addressed.

Redshank  –  W(NCX) – Y  –  Dargan Mudflats, Belfast Lough  (10 Sep 2022)

(Ready for the Ringing Particulars)

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