Roger is an adult male Lesser Black-backed Gull. He was hand caught at Castle Semple Loch on the 15th of June.
As he was hand caught 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 Little Cumbrae. At the time of tagging he weighed 907.5g and has a wing length of 43.5cm. Roger can be identified in the field by his colour ring 12R:C.
Movements for 2017 below
After Roger was released he headed to Hunterston Power Station and then onto Little Cumbrae. He regularly goes back to Lochwinnoch to feed. We believe Roger is nesting on Little Cumbrae.
Map updated 21/09/17 Roger is now spending less time at Castle Semple and rarely goes back to Little Cumbrae. He has taken to hanging around in towns and industrial estates and is particularly favouring Hillington and Silverburn shopping centre. Large flocks of gulls are gathering in these areas and we believe they are sharing information regarding foraging. Hopefully he is getting enough good food to help him prep for his migration.
Map updated 29/09/17 Roger is now spending alot of time roosting at Braehead and feeding on the Clyde between Clydebank and Langbank. The gulls are feeding themselves up and hopefully we should start to see Roger move south as soon as we get a northernly wind.
Map updated 06/10/17 Roger is on the move. Roger took off at 1730 and headed south into the Galloway Forest Park where he was clocked at 1930. He then headed south east over the sea before hitting North Wales at Talacre at 2330. He was last picked up flying towards Snowdonia at 0230 this morning. Where will he end up next?
Map updated 13/10/17 Roger is still in Wales and is hanging about at various waterbodies in Snowdonia National Park.
Map updated 30/10/17 So after a few weeks of hanging about in Wales, Roger finally decided to continue south to Spain over the weekend. Like three of the other gulls, Stuart, Atty and Clyde, he completely missed out France and headed straight across the Bay of Biscay. He left England at Lizard Point in Cornwall at 1030 on Friday the 27th of October. He made landfall at O Porto de Espanate at 1150 on the Sunday the 29th, a journey on 49 hours and 20 minutes. What a trip! It certainly was a wise move by Roger, especially after we had to scrape the windscreens of our cars this morning. Will he rest for a few days or continue on to Portugal?
Map updated 02/11/17 Roger has made his way into Portugal over the last couple of days and arrived in Matosinhos yesterday. This is a popular stopover place for many gulls and is where Clyde was photographed previously. We have let one of the birdwatchers know that he was in the area at 1035 this morning and hopefully we may get a photo of him too.
Map updated 10/11/17 Roger has continued south down the coast of Portugal. He is currently in the Setubal Municipality area where Atty, Clyde and Flyback have been previously. All of these birds went to Morocco so hopefully Roger won’t be far behind them.
Map updated 24/11/17 Roger is continuing to hang out off the coast of Setubal Municipality. Roland is only just up the coast and we are wondering if the two will meet up and hang out like they used to at Castle Semple.
Map updated 01/12/17 As you can see Roger seems to have set himself up a nice wee routine on the coast of Portugal. There are lots of gull spotters in the area so we are keeping our fingers crossed for another photo.
Map updated 07/12/17 Same old same old for Roger this week
Map updated 13/12/17 Roger is still hanging out in Portugel near Setubal. We must admit with all the ice and snow that we could go and join him
Maya Sala Sime, Lochwinnoch Chatterbox Team
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