Just off patch, on the 12th of January i spotted this German ringed 1st winter Black-headed Gull perched on a nearby TV aerial. With perseverance and digi-scoping i managed to read most of the numbers on the ring which was marked 550??62 HELGOLAND GERMANIA.
'German ringed' Black-headed Gull 12/1/11
Today i was excited to receive this e-mail from the German ringing scheme. The Black-headed Gull, number 5506662 had been ringed as a chick on 21/6/10 some 205 days earlier on the island of Baltrum which is one of the East Frisian Islands off the North coast of Germany, and 402 miles from Halesowen! This just goes to show how useful digi-scoping can be for reading bird rings, especially when combined with the world wide web. From sighting this Black-headed Gull to getting it's life history and movements in less than a week!
Baltrum, East Frisian Islands Germany