This has been a long time coming, and at last, it’s here! Dr. Julie Ellis and her gull research project have entered the blogosphere. Julie has been banding gulls since 2004 (see “The Research” tab above) and she relies on members of the public to report sightings of banded gulls. Until now, those reports went into her research database, but it was difficult for everyone to view the sightings and the photos that sometimes accompany them. Now, everyone who reports a sighting, and anyone interested in the research, can come here to check out the latest banded gull news. Many of you readers may be SEANET volunteers, and those of you who already read the SEANET blog need only check there for news; we will let you know when there’s band news and send you over here to this blog.
So here’s the inaugural re-sighting post:
Dennis Minsky of Provincetown, Massachusetts wrote last week to say, “At Herring Cove Beach yesterday (10/7/09) a subadult (first winter?) GBBG, service band on the right leg, black band on the left reading “8F6″: yours?”
Indeed, this is one of Dr. Ellis’ birds, and she had this additional info to offer on what is fast becoming a banded dynasty of Great Black-Backeds: “This IS one of “my” gulls – thanks so much for the report! We banded this bird as a chick on Appledore Island, Maine on July 10, 2009. Its sibling was also banded (“3F7”) this summer. The parents of these two chicks had been banded as adults in previous years. One parent, “3E1,” was banded in May of 2007; the other, “9C2,” was banded as an adult in May of 2006! So, this is a well-banded family.”