Today we have a couple interesting re-sights, both of which prove what a small, gull-y (gull-ish?) world it is!
First up is a re-sight from a fellow Gull researcher Naomi Huig, at Seaside Beach Park on the shores of the Long Island Sound in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Naomi saw Herring Gull 74E while visiting from the Netherlands, and e-mailed project leader Dr. Julie Ellis with the re-sight.
74E was banded as a chick in July 2015, and was seen off-island at Byram Park Beach, Byram, Connecticut in September of the same year. It had not been seen until Naomi noted it, hanging around with a group of about 15 other gulls. Wonder if any of our unbanded gulls were in attendance?
Naomi is involved with gull behavior research on Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls at home in The Netherlands. You can find her paper on gull behavior in urban areas during chick rearing season here. Thank you to her for her dedication to gull behavior and for her awesome re-sight!
The next re-sight comes to us via Appledore’s own Andy Theide, who works in the song bird banding station. Andy was at a conference in Washington, DC when she met Erik Maurer, who happened to mention seeing a banded bird in the downtown Portsmouth area. Luckily for us, he knew the band ID and was able to supply us with a great re-sight.
Erik saw 13J, a Herring Gull banded in 2005 as A84. He was just rebanded this summer in May to his current 13J. Having been in attendance that day, I must add that he was hand caught using an acrobatic maneuver by Dr. Sarah Courchesne. Additonally, he has been tagged on a nest in that same area of Appledore from 2013 through 2016. This is his first off-island resight with his new band! Thank you to Eric and Andy!
Have you seen one of “our” gulls? Resight ’em here! We’ll get back to you with a little background info on your new feathered friend.