Greeting folks, Justin here. With the weather turning nice again, the gulls are starting to mosey their way back to the northeast, New England, and soon to the island. The NH coast is a popular stopping point before heading east to the Isles of Shoals. This seems to be the case as the Hampton Beach area continues to be popular with sightings of banded gulls.
This report comes from Tufts Veterinarian and Appledore Gull Bander, Sarah Courchesne. During a recent family trip to the Hampton State Beach, her son, Malcolm, found P09, a 3rd year Herring Gull. This is the first resight for P09 since it was banded as a chick in July 2009, making it a special resight for young Malcolm.
They also reported E81 in Newcastle, NH, seen by Sarah Kern. It was also seen there in early January by Lauren Kras. Stay tuned for more updates as we start gearing up for the banding season!