2 January 2015

Reading Chiffchaff and Med Gull rings

The year seems to have started as it ended, with some pretty windy weather forecast... So looks like we won't be netting any time soon, but that doesn't stop us getting out and reading some rings. Photographer Tony Mills did incredibly well to get enough detail on a Chiffchaff ring at Sandy Cove, Newlyn, to get the whole number: HHB515. This was a bird ringed at Nanjizal, Land's End, on 20th November, so whilst only 11km away (as the Chiff flies), it's interesting to see how these birds move around during the winter.

More standard fare came from Men-aver beach on the Helford, with a good gathering of gulls producing three colour-ringed birds. These were two Mediterranean Gulls we've seen before this winter (Green RS92 from France and White 3P71 from Denmark) and one of our own Great Black-backed Gulls from Falmouth. L:BF6 was ringed as a chick on the roof of the Falmouth Marine School in 2013 and this is the first time we've seen it since. This is the second of the three siblings to be seen, following a bird in France in October.

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