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Clyde the Beith gull 2018

Clyde was our eleventh gull to be tagged and was caught using a whoosh net

Clyde is an adult male Lesser Black-backed Gull   He was caught using a special type of net called a whoosh net with the help of the Clyde Ringing Group on the 7th of July. As he was caught at a feeding site we don’t have any evidence of nesting behaviour
but it is believed, by the movement data below, that he may have a nest on the whisky bonds in Beith.  At the time of tagging he weighed 835g and has a wing length of 42.4cm.  Clyde can be identified in the field by his colour ring 18S:C.

Click this link to see Clyde’s movements for 2017

Movements for 2018 below


Map updated 18/01/18 It’s looking like we will not be able to retrieve any data from the gulls in Africa until they move to a new mobile network area.  The tags work by getting location data sent to them via satellite then relaying the info back via the mobile network.  The tags are currently collecting data but due to the fault that happened in the mobile network last month they haven’t been able to send location data back to us.  Once they connect with a new mobile network we will receive all the data and see what the gulls have been up too. It’s a pity we don’t look like we will be getting this info in real-time but hopefully we will find out soon how they are doing.

Map updated until the 26/02/18 We have had an update from Clyde’s tag which suggests to us that he has flown into Spain and it has reconnected with the mobile network.  At the moment it has downloaded until the 26th of February and shows that he has flown further south into Mauritania.  This is the furthest south any tagged Scottish gull has been recorded.  As his tag hopefully continues to update we will fill you in on his adventures.

Clyde’s sponsors

Clyde Ringing Group, Gerry Gallacher, West Kilbride Primary Class 7B, Sue Abbotts, Lilias Snodgrass, Madonna Livingstone, Graham Brown

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