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longevity records for gulls

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:23 am
by marsmuusse
I received this image from Amir:

Yesterday, 16.3.12 and today 17.03.2012 (with Ehud Dovrat), I observed the oldest ever gull recorded in Israel: Baltic Gull Ring HT-054.651.
The bird was seen already on 09.03.2010 in Ashdod (and already than was the oldest). The bird was ringed on 09.07.1983 in YLOJARVI, HAME, Finland 61.41N 23.43E by MARTTi LAGERSTROM as a young out of nest.
It is now 28.9 years old.
It was seen 4 times since ringing (in 4.5.08 Tampere Finland) and 3 times in Israel (once 2010 and twice 2012).

An overview of metal & colour ringed birds:


Risto Juvaste responded:

It is by ONE DAY the third oldest Finnish one, if the FRC AGE-record table is update!

Finnish age records can be found here: ... tykset.htm

Larus fuscus - Selkälokki Age ring Ringing age (chicks) dates Ringer

years months days
32 1 22 HT0038864 PP 20.06.1976 12.08.2008 live read TIMO KAIRESALO
31 0 21 HT0046361 PM 03.07.1979 24.07.2010 Read by ringer ROGER BLOMQVIST
29 8 7 HT0017446 PP 15.07.1972 22.03.2002 Shortly dead ROGER BLOMQVIST

From the Euring list the oldest (the Finnish one is the second):
This is a Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus from Britain & Ireland GM 21509 34yrs 10mths Shot

It may also be interesting to have a look a at the Finnish Bird Atlas (it is in English also):
Direct to Fuscus: ... ked%20gull

with best wishes, Risto


By the way, that same day Risto celebrated, together with Finnish ornithological organisations, the 40th anniversary and the BirdLife Finland seminar (Risto talked here about "25 Years of Gull Research".He was then honoured with the "Golden decoration" of BirdLife Finland (with table standard = a type of small fleg of BirdLife Finland). Two other people received the "Silver decoration".

Re: longevity records for gulls

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:40 pm
by Ronald Klein
Methusalem Herring Gull:

Copenhagen 443960
nfl. 18.06.1965 Hyllekrog/Lolland DEN
observed 8 times at Parkentin rubbish dump near Rostock/GER
last date: 18.04.1997

Re: longevity records for gulls

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:27 am
by Klaas van Dijk
The longevity record for Black-headed Gull is currently held by Arnhem 3.275.396
* ringed as chick on 25 June 1978.
* last observation (metal ring read) on 21 March 2011 (Zoetermeer, ring read by Benny Middendorp).
* elapsed time 32 years, 8 months and 24 days.

See a recently published paper in Dutch Birding (New longevity records of Black-headed Gull, with comments on wear and loss of aluminium rings, Dutch Birding 34 [2012, issue 1, page 20-31]) for details and for more records of Black-headed Gulls reaching a high age.

This paper can be downloaded from ... e20-31.pdf

Best wishes,

Klaas van Dijk

Re: longevity records for gulls

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:23 pm
by little-W
The record of the oldest known Black-headed Gull seems to have been broken (by 4 months). The weblog of the Dutch organization Natuurmomumenten reports that a Black-headed Gull fitted with a British ring was found dead on the Dutch coast last May and turned out to have been ringed in 1979, making it 33 years old.

Re: longevity records for gulls

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:23 pm
by marsmuusse
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Present today at Noordwijk beach. Still a few years to go hopefully to break a record. Ringed as pullus in 1988, still going strong in 2019.

For more images, see: ... 687320092/