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Stuart the island visiting gull

Stuart was our eighth gull to be tagged and was hand caught in Lochwinnoch

Stuart is an adult male Lesser Black-backed Gull.  He was hand caught at Castle Semple Loch on the 29th 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 921.5g, our heaviest gull, and has a wing length of 41.6cm.  Stuart can be identified in the field by his colour ring 12S:C.

Click this link to see Stuart’s movements for 2018

Click this link to see Stuart’s movements in 2019

Movements for 2017 below

After Stuart was released he headed to Little Cumbrae, where like a number of the other gulls it looks like he has a nest. It is early days data wise at the moment to see where he has favourite foraging places but he has made visits back to Castle Semple and has been spotted there by the TnT Team.  He also is our first gull who has travelled to Great Cumbrae to forage.  It will be interesting to see if this continues.

Stuart nested on the west side of Little Cumbrae.  He made regular trips back to the mainland to forage but equally likes to visit the other nearby islands.  He has favoured foraging spots on Great Cumbrae and has also headed to Bute, our first gull to do so.  He has headed up to Greenock and was picked up near the police station where PC Bobby and Gary nested. He certainly travels alot to forage.

Map updated on 04/09/17  Stuart is has also become a bit of an urban gull and is hanging out in Foxbar and in Spateston.  He is currently roosting on the Malcolm’s Building where Flyback nested alongside some of the other gulls.

Map updated 15/09/17 Stuart migrated this week. He left Lochwinnoch at 1630 on Saturday the 9th and was last picked up in Scotland near the North Cairn coast at 1930. By 2033 he was in Northern Ireland but quickly moved through into the Republic and roosted on Carlingford Lough for a few hours at 0542 on Sunday morning. He has since headed west inland to County Meath and then into County Cavan where he was picked up foraging at 1757 on Sunday in an area that Gully MacGullface had foraged in previously.  Stuart spent the next few days hanging about near Oldcastle and roosting on Lough Sheelin.  Yesterday he headed to Navan, an area Gully and Stephen both spent time foraging in and has since headed south and was last picked up in County Wicklow where he is roosting on Lough Liffey where Gully roosted previously.  Will he join Gully in County Cork or Stephen in County Kilkenny?

Map updated 21/09/17 Stuart has moved down to County Kilkenny and is foraging in an area only a few miles away from Stephen.  He likes to roost on the banks of the River Barrow.

Map updated 29/09/17 Not much has changed with Stuart in the last week.  He is frequenting the fields around New Ross and returning to the same site to roost at night time.

Map updated 06/10/17 Stuart has spent almost a month in the Republic of Ireland.  We thought this might be him in his wintering grounds but that all changed on Monday the 2nd of October.  He left at 1530 and was picked up 18.5 miles offshore of Penzance before looping west across the Bay of Biscay.  He landed on the Western tip of Spain at Costa de Morte at 1600 on the 3rd of October.  He continued to fly south along the western coast and entered Portugal at 0810 on Wednesday the 4th of October at Carreço. He has since carried south to Matosinhos where Clyde was picked up previously.  Yesterday he flew inland for a wee bit and is currently near Porto.

Map updated 13/10/17 Stuart is now in Morocco!  He travelled down the coast of Portugal into Spain, our first gull to enter southern Spain.  He then travelled to the southern tip of Spain before flying into Morocco late on on Tuesday night.  He has travelled a wee bit down the coast and is currently near Moulay Bousselham.  Will he join Flyback?

Map updated 30/10/17 Stuart is now in Casablanca and is starting to hang about in the same places that Flyback hung about. Surprisingly Flyback left the area just as Stuart arrived.  We wonder if they don’t get on?

Map updated 02/11/17 Stuart is still in Casablanca keeping himself busy.

Map updated 24/11/17 It has been a few weeks since we heard from Stuart’s tag.  We now believe there may be a network problem as our other gulls in Africa haven’t sent a download in the last few weeks either.  Hopefully this problem will be rectified soon.

Map updated 01/12/17 So we have heard that there was a network problem in Morocco which has now been fixed and we are just waiting to see if Stuart’s tag will now be able to send the info throught the mobile network.  If not we will have to wait until he leaves Morocco before all the data is downloaded. Fingers crossed.

Map updated 07/12/17 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.

Stuart’s sponsors

Bute Bird Group, Jennifer Greenald, 1st Bridge of Weir Anchor Boys

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