Thursday, 19 January 2012

More gull catching

A bit more gull catching has occurred this week resulting in 8 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Herring Gulls going away with bling. I am pleased that the Herring Gulls have been playing ball as I’ve got quite a few colour rings in my ringing box which would look much better on a gull. You might remember last summers visit to the Portland harbour breakwater where we were ringing gull pulli. All the Herring Gulls were colour ringed, so we’ve got plenty of colour rings for Herring Gulls. We decided that any Herring Gulls caught through the winter could also have a colour ring. We hope to back on the breakwater next summer where we’ll hopefully ring largish numbers of Gull pulli but in the meantime keep your eye’s peeled for black rings with three white numbers just like this one! (ignore the coot poo all over my hand!)

This Black-headed Gull was posing nicely

Legs of a Black-headed Gull aged as a 7 meaning it was hatched in 2010. They are very orange compared to an adult.

Also couldn’t resist catching a coot which was practically standing on my boot. Well... it would be rude not to!

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