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Eric Flapton, our grumpy gull

Eric Flapton, the grumpiest gull we have ever handled

Eric Flapton is an adult male Lesser Black-backed Gull and we have to admit he is the grumpiest gull that we have ever handled.  However, we managed to tag him quickly with only a few bites before he was released.  He was caught in one of our nest traps on the Isle of Pladda off the south coast of Arran. His nest has three eggs. Eric weighs in at 890g and has a wing length of 438mm.  He can be identified by his colour ring 0L4:C.

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Movements for 2018 below

Over the first few days of tagging we can see that Eric has travelled back and forth between Pladda and the south coast of Arran.  He also has been out foraging at sea.




Map updated 20/06/18 Eric travels all over the place looking for food.  He spends alot of time around Lagg on Arran in fields as well as travelling to Campbeltown and Maidens.


Map updated 05/07/18 Eric has mainly been foraging in the same places since his last update.  He has also made a few more trips to Maidens and has also travelled to Turnberry where he was last picked up.

Map updated 11/07/18  Eric has been busy foraging in South Ayrshire particularly around about Threave Farm.  It looks like he is not returning to Pladda which suggests his chicks may have died.  The hot weather has had a massive impact on gull chicks this year and it seems many gulls in the region have been unsuccesful.

Map updated 01/08/18 Eric is still in South Ayrshire foraging and feeding.  He is favouring fields south of Maybole at the moment and is roosting at Maidens.

Map updated 10/08/18 Still no change from Eric who is still foraging and resting in South Ayrshire.

Map updated 16/08/18 Eric is the last of our Pladda tagged gulls remaining in Scotland and he is still utilising the same foraging and roosting areas that he has been using over the last month.

Map updated 31/08/18 Eric is still utilising the same areas in South Ayrshire since his last update.  There’s a wee chill in the air now in the mornings so that might send him off soon.

Map updated 18/09/18 Still no change in Eric’s foraging routine.  When will he be off?

Map updated 07/10/18  Eric has finally headed south to…Wales!  Is this just a stopover befor he continues south?

Map updated 22/10/18  Eric has spent the last couple of weeks foraging in Wales.  He was travelling alot between the coast at Little Haven and the river near Hook. In the last few days he has travelled further south into Devon and is resting at Crowdy Reservoir and foraging in nearby fields.

Map updated 23/10/18 Eric is off.  He was recorded just off the Spanish coast at 0948 this morning after a flight time of 19 hours from Devon which he left at 1425 on the 22nd.  He looks like he is heading towards the coast.  Will he spend some time in Spain or continue south?

Map updated 28/10/18  After spending time foraging off the Spanish coast Eric has continued south into Portugal over the last couple of days.  He has spent the last day foraging and resting on the banks of the Mondego River near Figueira da Foz.


Map updated 30/10/18  Eric has carried on further south.  It looked like he was heading to the Costa da Caprica beach but has headed inland to the fields bordering the River Targus.

Map updated 04/11/18  We are starting to see a foraging pattern with Eric which suggests he may have reached his wintering ground.  The area is very agricultural and will offer plenty of foraging oppurtunities for him.

Map updated 18/11/18  As you can see in the map below Eric seems to be very content and is sticking to a fairly regular foraging pattern.

Map updated 10/12/18 No change with Eric foraging pattern.  This will be his last update for 2018.  What will 2019 bring?

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