Both photos of Herring Gulls availing themselves of fresh water puddles at Hampton Beach are by Charlee Breen.
M82 was an adult when banded on Appledore Island in May of 2012; that infers an age of eight years or more for M82 in the photo. The nest site for M82 on Appledore Island has been near the wind turbine for several years at Shoals Marine Lab.
V18 was banded as a chick July 2012 at a nest on Babb’s Rock near the Shoals Marine Laboratory dock. As an adult gull V18 may return to nest on Appledore. The Field Ornithology Class and the Student Gull Interns will be watching for possible return and nesting.
Shoals Marine Laboratory offers a wide variety of summer courses (and scholarships) for undergraduate students. Courses often meet a general or distribution requirements for most college majors at many universities.
Posted by Bill Clark