Happy September! August and September are months during which we start to receive resights of banded fledglings. These birds have managed to survive the critical weeks from hatching to fledging and are starting to make their way in the big wide world. For instance, Herring Gull Y54 was banded as a chick in July 2013, and was observed on Sept 5 in a parking lot on Front Street in Elizabeth, NJ by police officer, Anthony Chodan.
In addition to resights of newly fledged birds, we’ve also received several recent observations of birds that were banded in previous years. M99, a Herring Gull banded as a chick in July 2012 was observed on Aug 1, 2013 at Appledore by Allie Nadler. Ten days later, the same bird was spotted on Plum Island by Jim Ries. On Aug 22, M99 was observed by Caralee Gatley at Salisbury State Park in Salisbury, MA.
Jillian Pereira saw M99 again at Salisbury on Sept 7. This bird appears to like the Massachusetts area! Wonder if it will return to Appledore to nest in the future?
Great Black-backed Gull, 7F8 was banded as a chick in July 2009 and had not been observed again until Kelsey Molloy spotted it at Race Point Beach in Provincetown, MA – great resight, Kelsey!
Finally, Herring Gull L52 has made several appearances on the mainland since it was banded as a chick in July 2011. L52 was seen by Jon Worthern at Hampton Beach, NH in Nov 2012 and February 2013. Then, Jon Woolf saw L52 at Hampton in March 2013 and Jon Worthen saw it there again in April. These two Jons have contributed MANY resights during the past couple of years! Jon Woolf and Sharon Schneider saw L52 again at Hampton in August 2013.
Keep the resights comin’! We’re gearing up to do an analysis of adult survival, so stay tuned for some more results soon.