The Control Herring Gull that I caught using a 'fleyg net' yesterday on Bob Taylors charter boat 'Gemini' turned out to have been a bird originally ringed on the Calf of Man.
GA35605 was ringed as a chick on 17th June 2001 at Cow Harbour, Calf of Man.
That makes the Gull a little over 9 years old.
Hopefully we will learn more about the bird following the addition of the colour ring "T0TW" when we caught it yesterday.
The other Herring Gull we caught and ringed just off Port St Mary harbour was seen by Bob when he went out on his boat later that evening. He was able to read the colour ring as the Gull came back to the boat looking for more fish scraps! It just goes to show how the addition of colour rings results in a much higher reporting rate and we will hopefully learn some interesting information on the movements of Manx Gulls.
Date, time, location (with grid reference if possible), what the bird was doing. You will be sent a full 'life history' of the bird with the original capture details and any other previous sightings.