Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Very nice Sunday!

With Strahil Peev from Bulgaria with us, I was under pressure to do any kind of catch. I took first clean shot and it end up with 93 birds including nice number of big gulls:)

We reset for another and in 2 hours time gulls landed again with bigger numbers of big gulls:) So second catch was 51 gulls.

In the end, a very nice day with 144 gulls color ringed including 4 Caspians, 1 Common, 1 HG(?),40 YLGs and 99 BHGs.

And here are some of them:

26AH adult Caspian

 58EH adult Caspian

84AH adult Caspian

 87AH adult Caspian

85AH adult YLG

 73EH can this be 1w HG

It seems that we'll go again this weekend :)

Thanx Strahil for non-gulls-in-the-hand photos :)
Strahil with one of his first in-hand YLG

Monday, 16 February 2015

Valentine's Day at Jakuševec

Strahil Peev from Bulgaria came to join us on Jakuševec for gull catching on Sunday. We spent a Saturday watching gulls and reading rings:) Very nice day with 7 gull species and allmost 100 rings read.
1w arg


Huge arg, LBBG and YLG

same arg from upper photo

3w arg

same bird as above


Strahil watching gulls







Sunday, 8 February 2015


It should be a great day! Kruno and I came first to the tip an it was crowded with gull. It was -10C so they should come on bread very fast. After the workers were gone we started setting the net. In the mean time all of 7 of us came. The net was set just around 9 and I pour myself coffee and tought that I wouldn't have time to finish it.. But gulls just didn't want to play..They were around catching area..in fact everywhere except in the catching area..At 9 45 they all left..I was freaking out..
And then 10 20 they started to land in the catching area..all eating our bread :) I took first possible shoot around 10 21:) it was nice catch 146 BHG and 1 common gull:)

 As the team was small and only two of us were ringing I decided not to take second catch.. In the end it was great idea because it started to snow just after 12 and at that time everything except ringing stuff was packed in the car:)

BHG with genei looking bill

a bit of advanced moult in primary coverts?

First canus of the season

Hope the forcast for next week(end) is correct because it seems that we'll have decent weather again next week:)
This is what we left:)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Still January and no sign of catching:(

This winter is horrible!!!
Mild weather with lots of rain and it is always raining on weekends so we cannot catch :(

Yesterday Niko and I went ring reading..
In the end it was ok with around 50 rings read. Most of them were our BHGs, but also few croatian YLGs and few of our big gulls ringed on Jakusevec.
We finally found Caspian from Ukraine:)
Ringed as a chick in Kremenchuk, Ukraine

During our stay there was one gull that was really pale..It should be 2w argentatus ..

There were at least 7 White Storks present and at least 2 of them were ringed. One should be the Italian one with black else ring that we read and the other one just had metal ring but both of them were too far for us to read it..:( It seems that the storks are starting to winter here in bigger numbers..In past years you could see one eventually two storks on the tip..
It will be shitty weather again for the weekend so we probably won't catch again :(