NLRG was formed in 1957 to help in the study of birds in the Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society area. There are currently 12 active ringers. Species currently being studied include: Pied Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Sand Martin, Twite, Goosander, Oystercatcher and Grey Wagtail. Migration has been studied for 28 years at Heysham. We welcome anyone who wants to observe, help or perhaps wish to become a ringer. Photo: A Heysham-ringed Twite on the Mull of Kintyre (thanks to Eddie Maguire)

Tuesday 4 November 2008

The Heysham Czech-ringed Med Gull

An above the knee metal ring, especially with the "Praha" & "EX" part of the address/ring number reduced in size, is a bit of a challenge. This bird was first seen on the outfalls and considered a non-starter. However, unlike most juveniles, which move on at the end of August, this bird stayed and discovered the lucrative scraps along the north harbour wall. It became a 'Bread Med' and the ring number fairly easy to read.

Ringing history:
Ringed: Chomoutov, Olomoucky, CZECH REPUBLIC Pullus 3/6/03
Seen Heysham harbour and area 24/8/03-26/3/04
Seen Heysham harbour and area 22/7/04-9/3/05
Seen Heysham harbour and area 20/7/05-6/3/06
Seen Heysham harbour and area 8/7/06-6/3/07
Seen Heysham harbour and area 4/8/07-9/3/08
Seen Heysham harbour and area 12/7/08-present

Note the consistent spring departure dates once it was 2nd S/Ad.
Jon Barber's pic from the Heysham Obs archive of a group of Meds & one BH Gull on the north harbour wall - the bird in question is the only adult! Thanks for this Jon.

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