Belgium calling

Down sized

One of ours….in Belgium (Nathalie C)

Knipsel

Our youngster in coastal Belgium

Monday 3rd December comments: We may have departed the Isle of May for the winter months but we are still very much connected as plenty of news and views coming from the island over the next few months. Today was a good start as Belgium came calling…

Our successful Great Black-backed Gull ringing project from the island, now in its fourth year has been generating reports of ‘our’ birds from far and wide. In recent months some of this year’s young have been sighted in France and Ireland amongst many other places.

However today we received news that M:112 has been sighted in Oostende harbour, along the coast of Belgium on 30th November (thanks to Francis Kerckhof for the information and photos). It just shows the movements of these birds as this individual was hatched this summer and ringed on 3rd July and yet just four months later the bird is wintering in Belgium! Impressive, most impressive.

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