Danes On The Docks

Preston Dock is a popular place for people to take in the views across the water whilst eating their fast food. Gulls with similar tastes loiter during the day, before their numbers are swelled by others coming in to roost or bathe pre-roost. Over the years many Black-headed Gulls have been caught by hand and ringed there, with some being entirely or largely resident and others leaving to breed elsewhere.

These birds are marked with blue darvic rings starting with a 2. I have recorded ‘local’ birds at the dock that have visited Poland and The Netherlands. The one below 2J27 went on to visit Sweden and I also saw it subsequently on the Wyre Estuary at Skippool this year.

Somehow it feels more satisfying to see the birds sporting foreign rings though. In the last few weeks three birds from Denmark have been on the jetties on different occasions, though never together. Pictures follow below.

3MV – ringed in March 2018 in Copenhagen and annual at the docks. In 2020 it was still in Denmark on 27 November and at Preston by 17 December
JOZH – returning bird but I don’t seem to have ever received details
VX69 – new this year as far as I know, details awaited

One response to “Danes On The Docks”

  1. Vivienne o’shea avatar
    Vivienne o’shea

    They are attractive birds aren’t they? It’s fascinating to learn how far they travel. Very interesting Stephen.


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