Herring Gull C71 re-sighted

Suzanne Sullivan observed C71 on October 18th in Massachusetts

Suzanne Sullivan observed C71 on October 18th in Massachusetts

Suzanne Sullivan was out on Salisbury State Reservation on Sunday, the 18th of October and spotted this Herring Gull on the windswept beach. C71 is an adult originally banded on the nest at the Isles of Shoals in Maine in 2006.

Area outlined in black is shown in detail below

Area outlined in black is shown in detail below

The bird seems to overwinter in Salisbury year after year, and was previously reported hanging out in the parking lot there in February and March of 2008.

The bird returns to Appledore Island to breed each summer, and seems to prefer a nest site right in the middle of the Shoals Marine Laboratory’s campus!

It is not unusual for gulls to show fidelity both to a nest site and an overwintering habitat, and this gull appears to be just such a creature of habit.

Thanks for the report, Suzanne!

Detail of C71's stomping grounds: red marks its nest site on Appledore Island, and yellow marks its recent re-sighting in Salisbury, MA.

Detail of C71's stomping grounds: red marks its nest site on Appledore Island, and yellow marks its recent re-sighting in Salisbury, MA.

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3 thoughts on “Herring Gull C71 re-sighted

  1. Hello – I observed Herring Gull “C71” at Salisbury Beach State Reservation on 19 February 2011. Here are a few photo links of C71 and the leg band:

    Herring Gull (white-on-green band C71)

    Herring Gull (white-on-green band C71)

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