(Notice the darker mantled Herring Gull to the left of the Glaucous Gull).
I watched it fly over the houses and cottages and disappear heading for the beach south of the Hampton inlet. Jen and I drove over towards the beach on Campton St. near Ocean Dr. with two quests in mind; to look for the Gull and to search for one of the two Snowy Owls that had been spending the winter in the area. The two Owls had chosen the rooftop roosts one north of the
With their crops full of bread, many of the Gulls including the Glaucous Gull needed a drink to wash the dry bread down.
As we were approched the front gate of the Coop, Jen and I looked at each other when we realized the gate was closed! I turned around and noticed that the Coop store was closed and the vehicle that was parked in front was gone. I said to Jen at least we will be the first ones here in the morning to see the Gull! She didn't find that amusing! I remembered seeing a pick-up truck behind the building and hopefully there would be someone in the office, and luckily there was. I was obviously a bit embarrassed when I asked him if he could let us out, but relieved when he told me that we just needed to pull up to the gate; it had an eye and would open automatically!
The smile returned to Jen's face as the gate opened, so we drove back to the parking lot at
I received these band reports from Dr. Julie Ellis-
Gull C45 was banded as an adult on 7/17/2005-Appledore Trail K, House to Smith's Cove
Fed. band #- 1767-00245
Gull K65 was banded as an adult on 5/21/2011- Appledore, Bartel's Trail
Fed. band #- 1767- 20210
Gull K68 was banded as an adult on 5/20/2011- Appledore, Bartel's Trail
Fed. band #- 1767- 20204
Gull P02 was banded as a chick on 7/15/2010- Appledore, Transect 15
Fed. band #- 1537- 03991
Gull T20 was banded as a chick on 7/15/2010- Appledore, Pk-Radio Tower
Fed. band #- 1537- 03983
Note: Compare the plumage patterns between T20 and P02- they were both banded on the same date. Gull T20 from Hampton Beach exhibits more advanced plumage showing more emerging grey scapulars.
Gloucester- We made it to Jodrey’s Fish Pier about noon. I parked the truck on the dock behind the Whole Foods Processing Plant. There were three Razorbills (two adults- one juvenile) in the inner harbor
and one adult was just below us swimming along the pilings.
and landed on the water just out from the docks.
It was a great day coastal birding; adult Glaucous Gull in
Keith and Jen Mueller