25 January 2015

Florida's First Banded Lesser Black-backed Gull

Historic! After several years of speculation and wonder, it's finally here. Michael Brothers and Jay Barry from the Marine Science Center have stepped up to the plate and begun a banding project on the local Lesser Black-backeds in east-central Florida. The color/sequence is white inscription on green plastic leg bands, F:###

A few of us shared in the excitement of observing the first ever banded Lesser Black-backed from Florida (Volusia County) yesterday evening:

GREEN F:001. Lesser Black-backed Gull (1st cycle). Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. 24 January 2015.

GREEN F:001 with 1st winter Herring.
GREEN F:001 (right) with larger first winter Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Contact Michael or Jay should you re-sight one of these birds or have any questions. Best of luck to them!