This Med Gull was present at Goring Gap (14/11/2017) green ring AAZE - I have just received some history regarding this bird and appears the bird likes it here in Sussex. Originally rung as a 3rd yr bird at Pionierinsel, Elbe estuary Germany in Apr 2009. Previously recorded in Sussex in Feb 2010 (Shoreham) by Richard Fairbank March 2011 (Icklesham) by Rye bay ringing group and Feb 2012 (Ferring) by David Burt
Good variety at the Gap this morning. A Dartford Warbler was found along the barbed wire fence (a site first for me) at the southern end of the eastern most field and was associating with 2 Stonechats, all 3 birds frequenting the fence and the adjacent weedy field. A late Wheatear was on the western field and was later seen flying the beach area, this field also hosted a good number of Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits and some Skylarks, waders and gulls are using the fields here again now after recently being ploughed. The hedgerows to the north of the gap produced 2 Firecrests and a Ring Ouzel was seen briefly with 2 continental Blackbirds (I could not re-locate later probably due to an increase in dog-walkers in the area) and a Siskin flew over. A dozen Great- Crested Grebes were on the sea with a single Shelduck and Brent Goose flew west.
Whilst on a recent family holiday in Fuerteventura, I found aringed Redshankearlier this month at Caleta de Fuste, our resort beach. With the Eur-ring information provided on the Canary Islands Facebook page by Eduardo Garcia del Rey (thanks Ed) I have contacted the named ringing programme. I have been amazed by the response and the distance travelled by this young wader in such a short space of time!
For anyone interested this was their response :
Many thanks for the photo of the Redshank on Fuerteventura! I Guess Kjell Mork Soot already sent you the ringing details. It was ringed by us at Revtangen Bird Observatory on August 28th, and we are very happy for this recovery! It is the first recovery of a Norwegian-ringed Redshank in the Canary Islands. Revtangen BO is one of the oldest in Europe, established in 1937 and run by Museum Stavanger.
This is a fairly new project, and we try to spread the information as much as possible. Would you allow us to use the photo on a blogpost at the Revtangen-blog http://revtangen.blogspot.no/
and perhaps on a Facebook-posting? We'll aknowledge you as photographer, of course.
Alf Tore Mjös
Curator, Museum Stavanger, dep. of natural history
Whilst Kjell Mork Soot provided more info on the bird itself
Ring no : Stavanger 7608514
Orange flag ECV( Left tarsus : metal ring . Left tibia: yellow colour ring. Right tibia: orange flagengraved with three black letters CSP). LAY:LBM:RAON(ECV)F
Age/sex /biometric: 1K (hatched 2017 ). Wing 149,5 mm. Weight 81,7 g.