K65 and K68 – A Continuing Pair

K65 and K68 4-3-2017 by Deb Howard K65 and K68 are known to have nested on Appledore each year since 2011

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.

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Welcom Back Dave

L52 Welcomes Dave Adrien Back to Hampton Beach from Chasing Great Grey Owls in Montreal

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.