Yesterday, December 9, 2:00 pm, I was in the lineup at the Mountain Road Mc'Donald's (Churchill Street) Moncton, when a Herring Gull, I believe, flew over. I noticed someting different with the wings. There was, what I thought, two circular tags on both wings.

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Comment by Gerry Mazerolle on December 14, 2010 at 11:40am

Thank you Dwayne for letting me know about this.  I only got a quick look but realised that there was some kind of tags on the wings of this gull.   Thanks again.

Comment by Dwayne Biggar on December 14, 2010 at 8:46am

There was a study quite a few years ago where they banded Herring Gulls.  I think they were wondering what they were eating in winter, I think it was related to them being competition for Terns as they were staying all winter and getting on the nesting grounds first.  

I could be (likely am) wrong, it was a long time ago.  

Comment by Dwayne Biggar on December 14, 2010 at 8:41am

From Nature Moncton info line:

*** Peggy Barnett has some gulls that frequently drop by her feeder yard for treats of wiener bits at 25 Johnston Street in Moncton.  On Wednesday she noted that one of the gulls had a blue or possibly blue-green band on the upper section of each wing.  She will now check more closely with binoculars if it returns and get more details.  The gull was a pale brownish colour in the herring gull or smaller size range indicating it was a sub-adult bird.  If anyone notes a sub-adult gull with a blue to green tag on each wing take closer note and report it.  Is anyone aware of any gull banding on both wings that may meet this description?



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