|Colour-ringed bird records at Eakring|
|There has only been one record involving a bird sporting a colour ring from one of the many ringing projects throughout the UK and the rest of Europe. Recently though, a look through some old photographs revealed that one Lesser Black-backed Gull had been fitted with a colour ring and that at least part of the code was readable.|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull|
|This Lesser Black-backed Gull was originally photographed at Tug Bridge Farm on October 19th 2002. Unfortunately, at the time the photograph was taken, I thought that the ring was impossible to read and forgot about it until only very recently. I had another look at the photograph and magnified it. I was surprised to see that it was possible to at least read part of the code.||
|The bird was
rung at South Walney NR in Cumbria. Due to the date of
this bird's occurrence at Eakring, it's age and the first
use of black colour rings with yellow digits at the
ringing site, this gull was probably rung in 1998 or
1999. Exact details of the bird's known movements may
hopefully arrive at a future date, if the ring number can
be specifically identified and attributed to a single
Further information on the NW Gull Project of David Sowter
The NW Gull project, which involves ringing and colour marking juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gulls at three large colonies in the north-west of the UK, has been running each year since 1997 with exception of 2001 due to foot and mouth restrictions. A smaller number of gulls have also been ringed at roost or feeding sites. The project's aim is to look at the level of movement between colonies and the interaction between gulls at feeding/roosting sites as well as on migration. With permission of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the warden(s) of the South Walney Nature Reserve, there has been ringing of gulls on this dune site at the south end of Walney island since at least the early 1960's. The ringing was continued (led by Ian Spence and Rob Shaw) through the 1980's and 1990's.
Colour rings used
1997 Pale-Green showing white single letter code indicating the ringing site R=Ribble, T=Tarnbrook, W=Walney. 1998-2005 Black showing yellow 4-letter/number combination code with the initial letter indicating the site as in 1997.