Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Pembroke Millpond BH Gull

As it seems to have been a bit of a "slow news day" we thought we'd mention an overwintering colour-ringed 1st winter black-headed gull at Pembroke Millpond, noted again today.

Back in Sept when 29S9 was first noted by us, we assumed then that it might have been ringed in Poland. (Two others at the Millpond, with similar colour-ring combinations, had been confirmed from there a couple of winters ago).

However, it's best not to make assumptions! We now know that 29S9 is a "Shire Counties" bird - ringed as a nestling last June in good old sunny "Berkshire".

By visiting and staying on in Pembrokeshire shows perhaps that it has good taste (well a good taste for sandwiches etc anyway that locals frequently/daily provide to the Millpond birds)!

A metal-ringed adult Belgian bird we were actually looking for wasn't obvious today. It was most 
likely there but flying with numerous other gulls during various feeding frenzies.