Monday 29th JanuaryBirding in the Falklands
Med Gull Bare
Posted by howard
You'll need some bread and a scope to get the rest of the number. Not a GB ring but not sure without research where it's from ie the last letters on the top line
If you are trying to read ring numbers - just a bit of bread at a time so they land in anticipation and don't scoff and fly off
Hi again Jeff
By comment consent this is a Belgian-ringed bird (Mus Nat. (note the full stop on the ring) and Bruxelles). Looking at the age of the ring there is possibility that this is an ancient Belgian ringed bird which used to have a darvic - therefore easily identifiable which was "forgotten about" in that area when the darvic ring fell off
If that is the case, and I think the number did end in a '0', it would be really good if someone could bread the prom in that area to get some more letters and numbers from the bottom line on the ring - it might be getting on for a longevity record! My eyesight is not up to this. So please could you give us the location of the nearest bit of prom to your sighting. Thanks
I've checked and it could quite easily be an ancient Belgian-ringed bird (ex darvic 36W) which lost its darvic in 2008 and was metal-read in 2009 but not since! Further incentive for trying to get some more numbers.
The number will be letter 'E' first i.e. Exxxxx0, so five more numbers to try and read - the gap before the 0 without any visible partial characters does suggest the penultimate number is also correct, but obviously by no means certain
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