In addition most Herring Gulls seem to have left Bergen. The max count of Herring Gulls in Bergen city in February was only between ten and twenty. We speculate that the reason for this movement is the Norwegian spring-spawning herring (Clupea harengus) which spawns in February-March outside the coast of Møre 200 kilometres north of Bergen. Sightings of the gulls ringed this autumn supports this. Three of these gulls have been seen in the Møre area between 13th of February to 23rd of February. These numbers are not enough to say something exactly but it's interesting. This map summarise the movement of the Herring gulls in January and February.
|Movement of Herring Gulls ringed in Bergen (including one ringed some kilometres north west of Bergen in January) during the autumn (n=102). In addition to the sightings shown one was also seen in The Netherlands. All sightings are in January and February 2012.|
|ID||Last seen in Bergen||Date of recovery, site|
|JN632||07.01.12||17.02.12, Sandhavn, Møre|
|JN673||07.01.12||13.02.12, Sandhavn, Møre|
|JN701||27.01.12||20.02.12, Milde, Bergen|
|JN627||01.11.11||25.12.11-12.01.2012, Noord-Holland, NL|
The last month our activity has manly been reading rings and ringing some ducks like these Pintails and a couple of Wigeons (Anas penelope). Only 15 Northern Pintails (Anas acuta ) have ever been ringed in Norway. It will be interesting to see if one of them can produce a recovery. There is only one recovery of a Norwegian ringed Pintail. This was also ringed in Bergen during winter and shot in Scotland three years later.
|Adult male ringed 19th of February 2012||First winter female ringed 8th of March 2012|
|The first winter female ringed 8th of March 2012.|
|Adult male ringed 19th of February 2012.|