Summer 2012 was quite a productive one. The final tally of banded chicks was: 456 (190 Great Black-backed Gulls and 266 Herring Gulls). This is the largest number of chicks we’ve ever banded!
Our first report of a bird banded in 2012 came in this week from Jon Worthen, who has provided numerous resights for us during his frequent visits to Hampton Beach, NH. On August 6, 2012 Jon saw two Herring Gulls banded this year.
X47 was banded as a chick in July. M54 has a lengthy history with the project. It was originally banded as a chick in 2005 and was given the field readable band, C45. C45 was next observed at Jenness Beach, NH in July 2008. The bird showed up to nest on Appledore in May 2009 near FMS Transect 5 (see Map tab). It was observed again at Jenness Beach in August 2009. Then, it returned to nest at Transect 5 in 2010 and 2011. C45 was observed at Hampton Beach by Jon Worthen in Sept 2011 and Jan 2012, and by Keith Mueller on March 2012. The bird returned to breed on Appledore in May 2012 when it was re-banded to M54. This year we plan to go through the database and determine how many banded chicks have returned to breed on Appledore – stay tuned for the results!
We finished banding chicks about two weeks ago and wondered when the first fledged chicks would be observed on the mainland. Thanks, Jon, for your report!