Friday 27 January 2017

Visitors From the Arctic

I had a bit of time of work today and as usual I went over to Shawell. This winter has proven to be good for white-winged gulls, but they are not the only gulls that visit us from the Arctic in winter. I spotted a Herring Gull at the lagoons that was wearing a black colour ring with a data logger attached to it. The colour-ring's code was JU683. Black colour-rings with the first letter being J always come from Norway. I saw another Norwegian colour-ringed Herring Gull JX511 last November, which had a data logger attached to its colour-ring and that one came from the very top of Norway close to the Russian border. JU683 was also ringed during the breeding season at Hornøya, Vardø, Finnmark - 2577 km away.

Herring Gull (JU683) at Shawell A5 Lagoons, January 27th 2017

Another juvenile Glaucous Gull was at the sand quarry today. This was the smallest of the three seen so far.

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, Shawell Quarry, January 27th 2017

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