Banded/flagged Gull - Foxton

General birdwatching discussion, help with bird identification, and all other things relating to wild birds and birding in NZ that don't fit in one of the other forums.
Paul Gibson
Posts: 140
Joined: Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:49 am
Location: Wanganui

Banded/flagged Gull - Foxton

Postby Paul Gibson » Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:36 pm

I saw today at Foxton on the estuary a red-billed gull (I think) with a white alpha flag - T27. Distant picture from scope/phone below.
20190420_142847.jpg
20190420_142847.jpg (194.54 KiB) Viewed 378 times
Patrick Crowe
Posts: 23
Joined: Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:15 pm

Re: Banded/flagged Gull - Foxton

Postby Patrick Crowe » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:46 am

Hi Paul

This is one of our banded black-billed gulls. This bird was banded as a chick in 2014 on the Wairau River and has been breeding on that same river in recent years. It was spotted at Foxton back in 2015, 2017 and in 2018 so must be one of it's preferred spots. Thanks for posting
Paul Gibson
Posts: 140
Joined: Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:49 am
Location: Wanganui

Re: Banded/flagged Gull - Foxton

Postby Paul Gibson » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:20 pm

Thanks Patrick, interesting. It was in a mixed flock of red and black-billed gulls and with head tucked away was unsure of species.

Return to “General Birding Discussion”