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Happy is merrily flying along.

Another gull is off to Ireland

Another off our gulls have left Lochwinnoch and this time it’s Happy Gullmore. On Saturday the 4th of August, Happy was at Castle Semple at 0918.  An hour later he was back on Little Cumbrae. Happy nested on Little Cumbrae and was seen regularly at Castle Semple Loch so we thought this was just the norm for him.  However, an hour later he was on the Isle of Arran at Brodick before visiting Whiting Bay and Blackwaterfoot.  Come the afternoon he was over the Mull of Kintyre and was picked up at the lighthouse at 1523.  Just over an hour later he had reached Northern Ireland. He flew south down to Belfast where he was picked up in the early hours of Sunday morning and then turned in a south west direction flying over Ballyskeagh and Gamblestown before arriving in fields near Poyntzpass at 0950.  He stayed there resting and feeding up before heading off again later on in the afternoon after 1500.  He then flew west towards Keady before flying south into the Republic at 1909.  He headed all the way down towards Drogheda before flying west and then south to Kilmessan where he was on Monday morning at 0714.  This wee village was also a stopoff site for José who was caught at Castle Semple on the same day as Happy but left to go to Ireland before him.  The more birds we tag the more we start to see patterns forming and favoured places popping up.  We will leave Happy there for now and will update you on his movements soon.

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