Friday 2 January 2015

Rainham Tip 2/1/15

First Gull ringing session of the new year today, did briefly think about going to Yorkshire to stare into a empty field for several hours but then sanity kicked in! :-)

Anyway today was all about Black-headed gulls with two fairly small catches today totaling 201 birds all processed and colour ringed to.

black heads are always the first to arrive but soon get pushed out by the bigger birds.

Smaller numbers of both Herring and Lesser black backed also ringed with half a dozen Common gulls thrown in, and a single 1w Yellow legged to.

1w yellow legged gull

upper wing shot on yellow leg.

Just outside the catch area two 1st winter Caspian Gulls seen alongside one 2nd winter bird, three adult yellow legs also noted.

One of the 1w Caspians here:

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