Thursday, 1 September 2011

Killington Lake Visit 1!

It was that time of year again when we were due our annual trip to Killington Lake in Cumbria for our Black Headed Gull chick catch. Arriving early on site with Kane and Zac we could see that the island where the gulls nest, was alive and plenty of chicks could be seen from the road side car-park. A quick cup of coffee at the service area whilst waiting for other members of our team to arrive, resulted in many adult Black Headed Gulls being rather tame..

Photographed by Kane Brides

Soon after, a total of 5 birds were caught, ringed and darvics added as part of our North West Black headed Gull Study. (Congratulations to Zac as these were his first hand-caught gulls).

BTO Rings were also read in the car park with EX51401 and EG41030 being the only rings visible. Are these your birds? If so, please get in touch..

Finishing our coffee, we headed over to meet up with Steve Christmas and Aidan. Throughout our time on the island, a total of 477 chicks were caught, with 80 larger chicks gaining a darvic.

Photographed by Kane Brides

Huge thanks to Kane for organising another hugely successful trip and to Steve for supplying the bulk of the rings.

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