It’s official. The first two lesser black-backed gulls have been tagged with our solar-powered GSM tags and the data is already coming in. It has been alot of hard work for the Tag-n-Track team to get to this point with organising funders, paperwork, licences and locating a suitable rooftop site and it has not been without its ups and downs but now the fieldwork has begun.
On a lovely sunny day we spent the morning on the roof of Greenock Police station.
We had set traps over two of the gulls nests and hid in the plant room out of sight of the birds. The birds settled back onto the nests and were trapped ready for tagging. The two males were soon fitted with their tags as well as a BTO metal ring and a white colour ring with red writing. Both birds were released and walked back over to their nest sites before having a wee fly around. The colour rings are easily visible on the birds legs with one reading 10P:C and the other 9P5C so keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you spot them.
The data we have dowloaded so far shows that both males take their turn in incubating the eggs on the police
station roof but then head off to different areas to forage with one hanging about in Greenock and the other has headed off to Port Glasgow and Auchenfoyle. The birds will both be named by Greenock Police and we will let you know what they are called and update you on their movements. Two down, ten more to go.
We are very greatful for the help we have received so far from Ruedi Nager from the University of Glasgow and Police Scotland, particularly Glen from Greenock Police Station. Thanks to our funders, Heritage Lottery Fund, Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LEADER and to Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Also thank you to our harness sponsers Starling Learning and Wild Surveys.