Saturday, 12 October 2013

Odds of 3000-1?

This afternoon I spent 3 hours scanning for colour rings. The first hour at Stithians gave many gulls bathing but only a few came out onto the many islands used for preening and none were wearing rings. The visit wasn't wasted though as I saw the first Redwing of the season fly over (5) and the first returning Meadow Pipits (5). Species list stood at 30.

Down to Hayle for a couple of hours, after scanning through what was probably 2,500 birds only one was wearing a colour ring -

This adult Med Gull was sporting a red ring with white letters and a bit of mud with a Black-headed Gull and a Redshank for company -

The letters **J6 gave the birds ID away - the same one I had last week (PHJ6), ringed in Poland in 2007

These three birds at Stithians were not sporting rings......

Tomorrow sees the monthly WeBS count at Stithians, Pendarves Lake and then a trip to the coast for Grey Seals.

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