June 2015 Photographs at Hampton Beach by Jon Worthen

U32 26 JUN 2015 Jon Worthen

U32, a one year old Herring Gull at Hampton Beach on June 26, 2015 – Photo by Jon Worthen

Jon Worthen has furnished a number of reports and photos of Appledore Gulls over the years and now provides a series of photographs showing Herring Gulls at different ages.  The first two photos compare year-old Herring Gulls, banded last year just before they could fly in July 2014 . Note the similarity of the brown flecked plumage of these year old HERGs.

This is the first sighting for U32 since leaving Appledore Island after banding.  Nice to know U32 survived the first winter.

35C 26 JUN 2015 Jon Worthen

35C, a one year old Herring Gull at Hampton Beach on June 26, 2015 – Photo by Jon Worthen

35C is another survivor of that tough first year for young gulls. Also a first report since leaving the nesting colony on Appledore Island.

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Y20 is a two-year-old gull hatched in June 2013.  Note the gray in the wings while overall still rather brown and dark.

Y20 26 JUN 2015 Jon Worthen

Y20, a two-year-old Herring Gull at Hampton Beach on June 26, 2015 – Photo by Jon Worthen

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M39 is a fine example of an adult Herring Gull in the traditional white and gray of the breeding season.

M39 26 JUN 2015 Jon Worthen

Adult Herring Gull, M39, at Hampton Beach on June 26, 2015 – Photo by Jon Worthen

Thanks to Jon and the many others who take time to report and photograph Appledore Gulls

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