Coleen Prieto photographed ‘second winter’ Herring Gull 16C on November 20, 2015 at Seabrook, NH. The attractive young Herring Gull was banded on Appledore Island, Maine on July 19, 2014 at a monitored nest. Since the nest where 16C hatched was a monitored nest, we know that 16C was the second egg in the nest to hatch (‘B’ chick) and that the day the egg hatched was June 13 or 14, 2014.
Some first and second year Herring Gulls travel quite far, as far as Texas, Michigan and Quebec. 16C is a ‘stay at home’ Herring Gull, apparently never venturing far from Appledore Island, with 38 reports from nearby Seabrook and Hampton, New Hampshire.
Are more reports desired? A very definite YES. Even two reports on the same day add to the information about the gulls so keep the reports of banded gulls flowing.
Herring Gulls take four years to reach typical gray and white plumage of adult Herring Gulls. Young Herring Gulls are quite brown changing a bit more each year toward the adult plumage.
Thanks to Coleen and the many people who have taken the time to report a banded gull.
Posted by Bill Clark