When it comes to finding and photographing banded gulls Dave Adrien of Massachusetts is a real record holder. Dave has provided more than 1100 sightings of banded gulls, many of them Appledore gulls, but also gulls from Massachusetts, Maine, Nova Scotia, and Quebec. That, folks, in a years time is a major achievement.
Dave’s reports and photographs have proved to be a treasure for a number of research projects dealing with banded gulls. His photos show ‘known age’ gulls banded as chicks in different plumages as they develop over four years into mature adults. For example 9T5, pictured above in adult plumage, was banded as an almost-ready-to-fly chick on Appledore Island July 15, 2011. Dave’s record is the first recorded for 9T5 since banding.
Dave, I understand that 9T5 was photographed at Brown’s Lobster Pound in Seabrook, NH. How many lobsters did it cost you for that photo?
Dave also sees a number of interesting non-banded gulls like this 1st year Iceland Gull on June 28 at Hampton Beach State Park, NH.
WAY TO GO DAVE!