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.
E52 at Hampton Beach NH 17 Aug 2016 – Photo by Rose Donovanthies
E52 was banded on Appledore Island in Maine as a chick at nest T26 on July 13, 2006. Of the more than 50 reports received since then on E52 most come from Appledore Island Maine where E52 eventually returned to nest and raise chicks or from the nearby mainland.
Rose Donovanthies captured this striking photo of E52 posing at Hampton Beach NH.
1Z2 at Fenwick Beach Delaware and photographed by Sue van Tonningen
1Z2 was banded as a chick on Appledore Island July 20 2014. This, now two-year-old, Great Black-backed Gull was seen last year at Fire Island, NY by Jean Crossley. Compare the bill and plumage with photographs of adult (four-year-old plus) Great Black-backed Gulls.
Thanks Sue and Jean for contributing to the research.