Italian recovery of a Gull-billed Tern ringed in San Pedro.

On the night from the 25th to the 26th of June, during a ringing session in the Regional Natural Park of Molentargius-Salinas in Cagliari (Italy), a team of Italian ornithologists trapped a Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) that had a Spanish ring. The team, made up of members of the bird monitoring team of the “Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale” (ISPRA) and local ringers of the “Anthus” company were trying to trap adults of this species to mark them with remote tracking devices. Casually, LIFE-SALINAS team was at Cagliari during those days visiting that natural park, where the LIFE MC-SALT project was carried out and in which the “Anthus” team participated in the monitoring of the birdlife. It was very excitement when we saw in our data that the bird recovered was a one ringed as pullus in 2009 in the Salinas de San Pedro by our team, being the second recapture of a Gull-billed Tern out of Murcia since we began to mark them and the third Spanish recapture in Italy for this species.

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