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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Ringed Common Gull

Adult Common Gull, Baile an Reannaigh, 15th November 2015 (Michael O'Clery). Fledged from Lough Mask in Co. Mayo in 2007 and now over eight years of age.

Adult Common Gull, Baile an Reannaigh, 15th November 2015 (Michael O'Clery).

From Eoin McGreal, National Parks and Wildlife Service:

"Many thanks for this re-sighting record and photographs of COMGU 294V. This individual was colour-ringed as a chick on Lough Mask on 24/06/2007 and was originaly resighted in Galway that August as a dispersing juvenile. It has subsequently been resighted, probably as a breeding adult, back on Lough Mask but not at its natal colony. The islet where it has been resighted is primarily a breeding Black-headed Gull colony so it is quite possible that it has also returned in subsequent years but has not been resighted as this site is difficult to scan for colour-ringed birds; 

Most of our resightings of colour-ringed Common Gulls have been in counties Galway and Clare so it is good to know that at least some of them are crossing the Shannon Estuary."

If you see any similarly ringed Common, or Black-headed Gulls, please do let Eoin know.
More info on the ringing project, in PDF format HERE