|Antrim Marina - Monday 26th April 2021|
Looking over towards to the former 'Torpedo Platform', it is now packed with nesting gulls. Richard Donaghey informed me that the Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership, had a live CCTV camera on the platform, which I was able to find on You Tube. I was going to add a link to the camera onto my blog, but recently the camera link has been recently removed. If I can find a new link, I will add it onto my next post.
|Rathlin Island - 2nd May 2021|
The easing of our second 'lockdown' could not have come at a better time, as many of the Common Gulls will now be on eggs. Today, saw me returning to the island for the first time since last summer, and I have also booked to go Rathlin on the 16th & 30th May. Whilst the birds are on eggs, I'm hoping to read colour-rings on birds that have now integrated into the breeding population, which I estimate is around the 100 pair mark. During June, I will book dates spanning three weeks, in order to colour ring this summer's chicks.
The overall Common Gull population, is divided into six sub-colonies :- Roonivoolin, Ushet Lough, Rue Point, Doon Bay, Arkill Bay and close to Bruce's Castle. The latter of these sub-colonies, at Bruce's, was larger than previously thought, having scoped it from Arkill Bay in 2019. Bruce's is more awkward to get to, as it will have to be walked to along the shoreline from Arkill Bay, as the farmland behind it is clearly marked 'No Tresspassing'.
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