Today was a great day for banding and resights; though the Herring Gulls continue to be sneaky and evasive, we got our hands on about nine more today. We’re now just leaping into the shrubbery trying to catch them without traps. We are having some success with this technique.
We also went on a resighting mission around some of the lesser visited parts of the island and detected several birds that have not been seen since they were banded in 2011, or in one notable case, 2009!
A bird of particular interest showed up two days ago, but not since, much to our chagrin. One of the hybrid offspring of the Lesser Black-backed Gull (F05) and a Herring Gull mate turned up on the rocks not too distant from dear old dad. F07, a hybrid, was banded as a chick in 2011 and had not been seen since. We saw him/her standing beside a Herring Gull and gazing out to sea. Since that sighting, we have failed to find the bird again, and not for want of trying. Perhaps it’ll be back to try and nest in earnest next year.
The weather should be favorable through the weekend, so we’re hoping for two more days of good banding before our departure on Monday.