K65 and K68 are known to have nested on Appledore Island in Maine each year since 2011 – Photo by Deb Howard
Deb Howard spotted K65 and K68 at Hampton Beach April 3, 2017 and obtained a nice photo of the two Herring Gulls together. This pair of Herring Gulls have nested along the trail from Bartels to the Bench on Appledore Island each year since at least May 2011. Both Herring Gulls were banded as adults at a nest in May 2011.
Thanks to a number of reporters, some of the movement of the pair has been documented. Hampton Beach is a section of the mainland frequented by K68 and occasionally K65.
Pair fidelity and site fidelity are both demonstrated by this partnership. Researchers on Appledore Island will be watching for the pair this summer (2017) to see if they return to their habitual nesting site.
L52 Welcomes Dave Adrien Back to Hampton Beach from Photographing Great Grey Owls in Montreal
Dave Adrien continues to supply sightings of Appledore Gulls as well as other banded gulls and banded shorebirds observed at sites along the New England coast. His major contribution to research includes thousands of reports of hundreds of different banded birds. Dave has a treasure trove of photographs of ‘known age’ Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls to accompany his myriad list of bands seen.
L52 was banded while a chick at a nest on Appledore Island July 13 2011. DNA indicates L52 is a male. More than 80 sighting reports are on record for L52 showing providing considerable information about his movements. L52 favors the Hampton Beach area of New Hampshire.
Donna C. writes: “Look who I ran into on 3/2/2017 at Short Beach in Stratford CT! 62H has also been seen pretty much daily since he came back from his short visit home. But I know 62H was at the Boat Ramp the past several months because my daughter would check. Funny thing about 62H, twice he jumped on my hood! I don’t feed the Gulls but I always talk to him so maybe he thought I was giving out food. Its been so great to be able to see the plumage changes.”
62H February 2017 at Short Beach, Stratford, CT
Photo by Donna Caporaso
62H was banded while a chick at a nest on Appledore Island July 17, 2015 and DNA results indicate 62H is a male. Donna first reported 62H Sept 21, 2015, at about three months of age at Birdseye Boat Ramp in Stratford. She has a series of photographs showing 62H since that time showing 62H and the plumage changes.
ARU (Great Black-backed Gull) from New Brunswick and V72 (Herring Gull) from Appledore
V72 was banded as a chick on Appledore Island July 19, 2012
Dave Adrien continues his determined quest for banded gulls and shorebirds. Here is the latest from Dave regarding V72 and an unusual AGU.
On Tuesday, January 3, 2017 3:08 PM, Dave Adrien wrote regarding AGU:
Location – today @ noon
Salisbury Beach State Park – Lot 2
Mixed gulls roosting in the parking lot – 150 plus birds
I’m searching thru gulls and here is a green band – Appledore HERG V72. … I know him. Here’s another green band; ARU. All alpha code –that’s unique – this isn’t a Appledore bird. Wait (the light bulb hasn’t gone off yet) – this isn’t a HERG!
Since July 2014 I have recorded over 2500 sightings of banded gulls and this is Gull # 670. My first non-Appledore banded GBBG
From: [New Brunswick] Ron Ronconi Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 8:59 AM To: Dave Adrien Subject: Re: banded gull [AGU]
Yes indeed, that [ARU] is one of mine. My banding repertoire includes white on green for GBBG and white on pink for HERG. Amazing that you got banded [Appledore, V72] HERG and GBBG in the same photo. Also surprising that you got one of these GBBG. We banded only 4 GBBG chicks on Kent Island, New Brunswick, this summer and this is one of them. …
9EM is a Regular at Captain Joe and SonsDock in Gloucester – Photo by Joey Ciaramitaro
Look for Captain Joe and Sons lobster company dock across the harbor from the Jodrey State Fish Pier in Gloucester and you may find 9EM who has been seen many times in that area. Joey Ciaramitaro at Captain Joe and Sons has been keeping ‘Gulls of Appledore’ updated on 9EM’s appearances at the dock by the lobster company.
9EM was hatched summer 2016 on Appledore Island in Maine and was banded just before being able to fly on July 2, 2016. One of 9EM’s parents has band 3AV. 9EM is a ‘hatch-year’ Great Black-backed Gull and we look forward to seeing the change in plumage over four years as 9EM transitions into a handsome white-headed adult Great Black-backed Gull.
The web site “Good Morning Gloucester” has information about Captain Joe and Sons lobster company and reports on other Appledore Gulls. Thanks to Joey Ciaramitaro and all our friends who take the time to update us on sightings of banded gulls.