Hello everyone! This is Simone, a vet student working for Dr. Ellis on the gull banding project. Unless specified otherwise I will be writing the blog posts from now on. Hope you enjoy!
On New Year’s Eve of 2012, we received an e-mail with the western-most sightings in the history of the gull banding project! This came from Tripp Davenport, who spotted the Herring Gull (V66) on Mustang Island, Port Aransas, Texas located in Nueces County. He wrote that the bird was in the company of a large mixed gull flock resting on the beach, seemed healthy and active, and was more wary of humans than the other gulls present. He got some beautiful photos – including one of the bird feeding on discarded soup bones!
V66 was banded as a chick in July of 2012 on Appledore, and had only been spotted one other time in August on the same island. Since then, he or she has obviously traveled quite a bit. Driving, it would be approximately 2,127 miles to get from Appledore to Mustang Island, and over 34 hours!