I have recently received news on a Grampian colour ringed juvenile Herring Gull that I had feeding on scraps at my school (Aberdeen Grammar School) during lunch on Thursday 1st March. Luckily the bird was close enough for me to read the ring with my bare eyes.
T:224 was intially ringed as a first year bird on 15th August 2011 beside the Rowing Huts down by the River Dee in Torry, an area of Aberdeen which is near to Girdle Ness and only a couple of miles away from my school. This is therefore a very local and young bird, but nonetheless it was great to hear about its progress. I’ve seen a few different Grampian ringed Herring Gulls at school now, but this was the first time I successfully read one of the rings. I will keep an eye out for any more colour ringed gulls at the school and elsewhere as time progresses. For those interested, a gull with a yellow ring which reads T: and three random digits is a bird ringed by the Grampian Ringing Group in Aberdeenshire. The group’s blog is linked in my blogroll.
Thanks for reading,