|Antrim Marina - Monday 18th October 2021|
Email from Suzanne Belshaw
|Saturday 16th October 2021|
I turned into the car park beside the traps, and as I was getting my gear ready to scope the gulls they flew off, with many landing in a field on the opposite side of the river. A few of the estimated 50 to 60 birds did return, but no rings were spotted. I must keep this site in mind for future visits.
Onwards to Ballyronan, and I soon reached the Marina. Here again, were another 50 to 60 Black-headed Gulls, plus one adult Common Gull. The gulls were all nicely perched along a structure which must have been built sometime since the last time I was here. I definitely do not remember seeing it before. The gulls were easily scoped, but my target - 2FFH , was not among them. Some of the gulls stood on one leg, so I was either looking for the tell-tale signs of a metal ring or a Darvic, but none had a ring of any sort. Having remained for about an hour, no more gulls arrived, so I began the long drive to Lurgan Park.
As I drove down Castle Lane in Lurgan which leads to the Park, I could see several hundred Black-headed Gulls perched on the rooftops close to the Iceland Store. I decided I would come back to the car park there after visiting Lurgan Park Lake. On reaching the lake, there were not too many Black-headed Gulls about, but these consisted of mainly 2nd winter, and juveniles birds. At this park, I was watching out for three birds in particular, one was from Adam's former NI project, one was from Poland - these two being colour-ringed, and a metal-rung bird from England. After a lengthy visit which saw a whole loaf of bread disappear, not a single ring was spotted.
|Sunday 17th October 2021|
Now deciding to stay in the Belfast area, I spent the afternoon checking Whitehouse Lagoon, Kinnegar Beach, the Dargan mudflats, Whitehouse Lagoon (2nd visit), and finally finished off the afternoon at the Connswater mudflats.
|From David Morrow|
|From Suzanne Belshaw|