We recently received the following snippet of news from Euan Ferguson (Grampian Ringing Group):
A couple of months ago we blogged about the unusual colour ring sighting of a Common Gull chick seen in North West Spain (Hola Common Gull). We have now had another gull chick (bizarrely ringed on the same day!) sighted in Spain only 7 miles away from our Common Gull; however this time it is a Great Black-backed Gull.
online ringing report, only three individuals have previously been recorded in Spain, and one in Portugal. The majority of birds found abroad are in Scandinavia.
one in Germany and two in Denmark. Such a high return rate from so few birds ringed really demonstrates the value of colour rings on this species.
All large gulls ringed in North East Scotland are fitted with a yellow colour ring on the left leg, starting with T: and followed by three numbers or two numbers and a letter. Please report sightings to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Euan for letting us know about this and providing Scottish photos and to Antonio Gutierrez for the photo of T:013 in Spain.