Roland is an adult male Lesser Black-backed Gull. He was hand caught at Castle Semple Loch on the 28th 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 890g and has a wing length of 42.2cm. Roland can be identified in the field by his colour ring 11S:C.
Movements for 2017 below
After Roland was released he headed to Little Cumbrae and then went foraging in the sea just off the coast of Ardrossan. It is early days data wise at the moment to see where he has favourite foraging places but he has made regular visits back to Castle Semple and has been spotted there by the TnT Team.
Map updated on 21/09/17 Roland regularly returns to Castle Semple to forage. He may be a regular occurance at the loch but he does like to move about during the day and hangs out at Hogganfield Loch in Glasgow which is a regular ringing site for members of the Clyde Ringing Group but has yet to be spotted by anyone there. Why don’t you go and see if you can spot him and let us know.
Map updated 29/09/17 Roland is spending alot of time at Braehead and is also fishing on the Clyde near Langbank. Fingers crossed it won’t be too long until he moves south.
Map updated 06/10/17 Roland has made a few more trips foraging out in the Clyde and is back to spending alot of time foraging at Spateston Park. He is one of four gulls still remaining in Scotland.
Map updated 13/10/17 Roland’s tag was unable to pick him up for a few days. However it’s nothing to worry about. The tags are solar powered and there hasn’t been enough sunlight for the data to be downloaded. A wee adjustment to the transmitter frequency and we can see that he is still hanging about on the Clyde.
Map updated 27/10/17 No change with Roland this week. It’s feeling colder today so maybe that will push him south.
Map updated 02/11/17 Roland left the Clyde coast at 18:50 and headed towards Ireland. He passed Ailsa Craig at 2248 that night and made landfall in Northern Ireland at Millisle at 0247 on the morning of the 30th. He then continued down the coast and made landfall in the Republic of Ireland at 1243 and travelled down to Balbriggan where he was last picked up at 2239 on the 30th. He has since headed south to Dublin and is currently in County Wicklow at Lough Liffey where both Stuart and Gully spent time during their migration.
Map updated 10/11/2017 Roland had been visiting Lough Leffy regularly before heading further south to Courtown were he has spent some time foraging. He is still on the move and will hopefully head further south next week
Map updated 24/11/17 Roland has left the Republic of Ireland and landed in Spain on the 18th of November. He left on Thursday the 16th and was last picked up late on off the coast of Cornwall before crossing the Bay of Biscay and making landfall in the afternoon at A Coruna. This area is a popular spot for our gulls when they enter Spain. He was spotted by Xabier Varela on the 19th at Playa de Alba. Our fourth gull to be spotted overseas. He has then headed south into Portugal and has spent the last few days hanging out near Aveiro.
Map updated 01/12/17 Roland is still hanging out in the estuaries around Aveiro
Map updated 07/12/17 Roland is still favouring the lagoons near São Jacinto and who can blame him?
Map updated 13/12/17 Roland is still enjoying himself in Portugal in the winter sun far from the cold, ice and snow of Lochwinnoch.
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