Sunday, 20 January 2013

Quick update on the NW BH gull study.

This weekend we’ve been pretty busy catching Black-headed gulls to colour mark for our NW Black-headed gull project – catching by hand and colour marking thirty individuals. 


Throughout this winter we’ve caught and colour ringed 109 adults, with 30 pulli cr-ringed at the Killington Reservoir colony in June 2012. This now brings the total to 271 birds now colour marked.

As much as we’ve been out and about busy catching these birds, we’ve also been busy on the admin side of things as these colour marked birds are keeping us on toes with lots of re-sightings! Some very interesting movements of both resident and wintering migrants have been received. We’re keen for any sightings – so please keep them coming and thanks to all who have reported birds so far!


Kane & Ciaran……


  1. Hi Kane, found one of your Black heads on Newsham Park lake yesterday 2C63 blue ring on left leg. Also one of your coots is there, single white on right leg. 2 yellows on left leg.

  2. Great! Thanks - I've added your sightings to the database, if you send me your e-mail to kanebrides'@' I can send you some informaiton. Cheers Kane.