Mitchell Harris, in Florida, had two great finds in late February. First, he observed F02 (offspring of the LBBG x HERG pair on Appledore) on February 24, 2010 at the Cocoa Landfill in Brevard County, FL. Mitchell picked out this bird among approximately 40,000 gulls (200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 600 Herring Gulls) currently at the landfill.
As you may recall, the last observation of F02 was by Blair Nikula at Cape Cod, Massachusetts this past December. It’s really amazing to have any observations of this gull; even more amazing to have multiple sightings!
Mitchell also saw N83, a Herring Gull banded as a chick in 2008, the same year that F02 was banded – in fact, N83 was banded one day (July 22, 2008) after F02 (July 21, 2008). Mitchell is going to see if he can arrange a photo shoot with both birds standing side-by-side so we can compare plumage, shape, and size…..well, it’s worth trying…
Mitchell also saw N83 in March of 2009.
Needless to say, I’m very grateful to Mitchell and Blair (and others) for reporting these sightings and for taking photos. Keep up the great work!