Is this a Couple?

April 5, 2016 and Dave Adrien took this picture at Revere Beach, MA.  3F3 was banded as a chick of undetermined sex in July 2009 on Appledore Island and was never reported since banding until  February 2016 at Revere Beach and now ( Apr 5) again at Revere Beach with a handsome ‘boy friend'(?).

3F3  4-5-16 Dave Adrien

3F3 and Friend by Dave Adrien

It appears 3F3 is probably a female.  Dr. David Bonter at Cornell is having a student work on positive sex determination of ‘Appledore’ gulls based on DNA samples taken at banding.

Will 3F3 return to nest on Appledore Island or will someone perhaps report 3F3 as nesting in another colony?

Bill Clark

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