The rains descend on Appledore

Yesterday, we caught a brief window of dry, though cool weather, and managed to band and draw blood from three adult Herring Gulls. Alas, at that point, the wind picked up, and later in the day we started to get some rain as well. We devoted a few hours to scouring the island for any banded gulls and appear to have picked up a few subadults who may be back for the first time since being banded as chicks. After lunch though, the weather drove us inside and we’ve been pinned down since. Now, we’re hunkered down, sheltering from a steady rain. But that means more time to blog for you all. We’ve had some interesting sightings lately, but more on those later.

Sarah Chieng and Sean Jeffery search for banded birds during our brief weather window.

Sarah Chieng and Sean Jeffery search for banded birds during our brief weather window.

For now, I introduce our May gull team: the intrepid Bill Clark is here of course, and your guest blogger (Sarah Courchesne still) and our student recruits: Carly Emes of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is back for another round; Sean Jeffery, who just graduated from North Shore Community College; and Sarah Chieng, who also just finished up at North Shore with a veterinary technician’s degree. We are looking forward to clearing skies and warmer temperatures in the coming days so we can go on a banding spree and search for ever more banded birds as well. We will keep you posted on our progress, and I’ll share any and all news while the weather keeps me rainbound.

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