Saturday, 23 September 2017

From Cameron Moore


      Colour-ring Sightings from Cameron Moore       
This post, has taken a fair bit of time to prepare.  Waiting on ringing details from those concerned, labeling Cameron's photos, working out distances and durations, etc., is by no means, an easy task.  Except for   KBC , the full re-sighting histories, are listed for each bird.

The task though, is worth the effort, should these sightings go un-reported.  This latest batch of sightings from Cameron, includes a juvenile Mediterranean Gull from Germany, which surely has to be the 'cream of the crop'.  My thanks to Cameron, for taking the time to inform me of his sightings, along with photos.  As I complete this post, another batch of sightings, plus photos, have been emailed to me by Cameron - 'here we go again'.  Cheers Cameron, seriously, keep them coming.

A juvenile Common Gull, has also been spotted by Cameron.  This is one I 'colour-ringed' this summer and has been included in separate posts (read &read ).

Mediterranean Gull  (Juvenile)  -  Germany    AY.CT   -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (07 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
19 Jun 2017 Ringed as a Chick (U) by Leipzig Ringing Team Löbnitz Gravel Pits, Leipzig, Germany 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
02 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 1,261 kms / 783 miles (WNW) 0y  2m  14d
07 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 1,261 kms / 783 miles (WNW) 0y  2m  19d

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Sandwich Tern  -    KBC   -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (03 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
?? ??? ???? Waiting on Ringing Details ????????????????? 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
03 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland  kms /  miles (-) ?y  ?m  ?d

This Tern belongs to Jez Blackburn, who works with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).  As I have yet to receive a reply, I can only assume that Jez is on holiday.  Under normal circumstances, Jez usually replies promptly to emails.

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Sandwich Tern  -    ETT   -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (04 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
11 Jul 2003 Ringed as a Chick (U) by N.H. Soc. of Northumberland Coquet Island, Northumberland, England 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
09 Jul 2015 Controlled by Grampian Ringing Group Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 222 kms / 138 miles (NNW) 11y  11m  28d
17 Jul 2015 Spotted by Moray Souter Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 222 kms / 138 miles (NNW) 12y  0m  6d
26 Apr 2016 Spotted by Richard Somercocks Findhorn Bay, Morayshire, Scotland 288 kms / 179 miles (NW) 12y  9m  15d
29 Jun 2016 Spotted by Grampian Ringing Group Forvie NNR, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 222 kms / 138 miles (NNW) 12y  11m  18d
02 Jul 2016 Spotted by Ewan Weston Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 222 kms / 138 miles (NNW) 12y  11m  21d
20 Jul 2016 Spotted by Moray Souter Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 222 kms / 138 miles (NNW) 13y  0m  9d
04 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 273 kms / 169 miles (WSW) 14y  1m  24d

  ETT , probably went un-recorded since being ringed as a chick, until controlled (caught) by the Grampian Ringing Group.  Fitted with a 'colour-ring', the re-sighting history since then, proves how useful these rings are.  The June 2016 sighting at Forvie National Nature Reserve, is likely to be the chosen breeding site of   ETT .

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Sandwich Tern  -    EVN   -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (04 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
15 Aug 2015 Ringed as an Adult (U) by the Grampian Ringing Group Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
04 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 366 kms / 227 miles (SW) 2y  0m  20d

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Sandwich Tern  -        -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (04 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
(30 Jun) 2008 Ringed as a Chick (U) by Alistair Smith Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
04 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 367 kms / 228 miles (SW) 9y  2m  5d

      (Lime over Red), was the colour combination used on each of 300 Sandwich Tern chicks ringed in 2008, by Alistair Smith.  All that we 'Ring Readers', can gain from the sighting, is the year of ringing and place of origin.  The only way, Terns, such as these, can be identified as individuals, would be to read their 'metal-ring', which under normal circumstances, would be impossible.

I have used the last day in June 2008, as a ringing date, from which I can work out the duration, since ringing.  I've reported the 'colour-ring' combination online to the BTO, hoping that they can furnish me with the actual ringing date.  At present, I'm still waiting on a reply.

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Sandwich Tern  -    KDJ   -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (05 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
15 Sep 2015 Ringed as a Juvenile (U) by Tony Cross Ynyslas National Nature Reserve, Dyfed, Wales 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
05 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 168 kms / 104 miles (NNE) 1y  11m  21d

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Sandwich Tern  -  (White)  EBN  -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (02 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
16 Aug 2010 Ringed as an Adult (U) by The Grampian Ringing Group Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
28 Apr 2012 Spotted by R. Duncan & M. Souter Girdleness, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 20 kms / 12 miles (SSW) 1y  8m  12d
20 Jul 2015 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 367 kms / 228 miles (SW) 4y  11m  4d
24 Aug 2016 Spotted by P. Knight & R. Maciewicz Ainsdale Beach, Merseyside, England 418 kms / 259 miles (SSW) 6y  0m  8d
27 Aug 2016 Spotted by P. Knight & R. Maciewicz Ainsdale Beach, Merseyside, England 418 kms / 259 miles (SSW) 6y  0m  11d
07 Sep 2016 Spotted by P. Knight & R. Maciewicz Ainsdale Beach, Merseyside, England 418 kms / 259 miles (SSW) 6y  0m  22d
21 Aug 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Donaghdaee, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 370 kms / 229 miles (SW) 7y 0m  5d
28 Aug 2017 Spotted by Kevin Kirkham-Brown Kinnegar Beach, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 383 kms / 237 miles (SW) 7y  0m  12d
02 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 367 kms / 228 miles (SW) 7y  0m  17d

My sighting of (White) EBN, at Donaghadee in August 2017, was quickly followed, by further sightings from Kevin Kirkham-Brown and Cameron.  The Dutch juvenile   21.C  (see below), was in the same group as (White) EBN, on the 21st August and then spotted by Cameron, at Whitehead, on the 5th September.  These sightings, clearly suggest, that these Terns are feeding along the eastern coastline of Northern Ireland.

(White) EBN, is no stranger to Northern Ireland, having been sighted at Whitehead, by Cameron, in 2015.

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Sandwich Tern  -  (White)  KSL  -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (06 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
23 Jun 2015 Ringed as a Chick (U) by Tony Murray Lady's Island Lake, Co. Wexford, Rep. of Ireland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
08 Jul 2016 Spotted by Mark Boorman Mile 4 Salt Works, nr Swakopmund, Namibia 8,572 kms / 5,326 miles (SSE) 1y  0m  15d
06 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 287 kms / 178 miles (NNE) 2y  2m  14d

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Sandwich Tern  -  Holland    21.C   -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (05 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
19 Jun 2017 Ringed as a Chick (U) by Ruben Fijn Scheelhoek, Haringvliet Inlet, SW Holland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
21 Aug 2017 Spotted by Gareth Platt Donaghadee, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 713 kms / 443 miles (WNW) 0y  2m  2d
05 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 726 kms / 451 miles (WNW) 0y  2m  17d

Re-sighted by Cameron Moore,   21.C , was one of a pair (  28.C ) of Dutch juvenile Sandwich Terns, that I spotted at Donaghadee, on the 21st August 2017.  They were among a small party of Sandwich and Common Terns, which also included (White) EBN, as mentioned above.

Read about these two youngsters in my blog posts (here & here).  These sightings, show, that all these Terns are feeding up on the Northern Ireland coastline, before they move on towards their wintering sites in Africa.

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Sandwich Tern (Juvenile)  -    KBS   -  Whitehead, Co. Antrim  (04 Sep 2017)
(Photo Taken by Cameron Moore)
Date Details Location Distance / Direction Duration
21 Jun 2017 Ringed as a Chick (U) by Tony Murray Lady's Island Lake, Co. Wexford, Rep. of Ireland 0 kms / 0 miles 0y  0m  0d
04 Sep 2017 Spotted by Cameron Moore Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland  287 kms /  178 miles (NNE) 0y  2m  14d

  KBS , is the second juvenile, spotted at Whitehead, by Cameron, having been ringed as a chick this summer, at Lady's Island Lake, in Co. Wexford.    KBT , was the other juvenile, reported in my previous post on Cameron's sightings (read).  In that particular post, I was waiting on the ringing details, for two juvenile Black-headed Gulls.  As of this post, the details, have not arrived.

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I'm keen to get this post out, my third today.  I do need to check over the details, but I'm pretty sure - all is correct.  My planned weekly visit to Antrim Marina tomorrow (Sunday 24th), will now be carried out on Monday morning instead.

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