Dr. Ellis here to provide some breaking news on the whereabouts of the LBBG of Appledore, “F05!” As you may recall, F05 did not show up on Appledore last summer. Before last year, he had nested in Appledore every year from 2007-2011. Because he did not show up last summer, we wondered if he’d gone to the “big landfill in the sky,” as my colleague Steve Mirick put it. BUT, yesterday, Michael Brothers emailed to let me know that he spotted F05. In Michael’s (excited) words:
Amazing! He is back! Last night, 1/07, I found the Lesser Black-backed Gull F05 back at Daytona Beach Shores. This is the 5th consecutive winter that it has stayed here. I first found the bird on January 21, 2009. It has visited here each winter since then. Amazing!
I agree with Michael; this is amazing and begs the question: WHERE was F05 last summer?? Did he take a year off from breeding? Did he breed somewhere else?
These gulls sure keep you on your toes!
Can’t wait to see if he shows up on Appledore this summer. We’ll keep you posted.