[CT Birds] tagged gulls

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Mon Dec 28 17:51:24 EST 2009

I spotted a tagged gull 2 weeks ago and reported it to the  Mass. site.  I 
just received a reply today, see below.
Here is the link to the Ma. site with info on the tagging  program:
Yes, you saw  one of our gulls.  Thanks for the sighting!  The tag number 
on this  gull is actually A196.  The A is obscured by the wing feathers.  
When  we got to the triple-digit (>99) numbers, we had to move the “A” above 
the  number.  You can kind of see a little writing in the second picture.   
The letter is not the important part, but the color and the number are.   
Also, we only put one leg band on the gull because we are out of the colored 
leg  bands until they can make us some more.  So it just has the federal band 
on  the right leg. 
Now, here is  some specific information on A196: 
Captured  12/7/09 at Kmart Plaza, Rt. 5, Holyoke, MA 
Map of capture  sight:  42.18613, - 72.63094 
Captured using  a rocket net baited with bread and crackers 
Adult female  ring-billed gull 
Florescent  yellow wing-tags: A196 
federal band:  0994-03397 
released on  site 
This is the  first sighting of this gull- Thank you! 
Thanks again  for the sighting, and please let me know if you see it (or 
others)  again. 
Ken  MacKenzie  
Senior  Wildlife Biologist 
DCR- Division  of Water Supply Protection 
180 Beaman  Street 
West  Boylston, MA 01583 
508-792-7423    x313

From:  Mntncougar at aol.com [mailto:Mntncougar at aol.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 4:56  PM
To: Mackenzie, Ken  (DCR)
Subject: Re: Tagged  Gull
There  was an tagged adult Ring-billed Gull at Batterson Park Pond, 
Farmington, Ct  around noon on 12-15-09.  Bird had a round fluorescent green 
(yellow?) tag  with what I thought was # 196.  However, following your ID system  
it must have been
I(eye)96   Bird also has a band, aluminum looking, on the right leg.  I saw 
no other  band of any kind on either leg.
Links  to pictures:


If,  by chance, this is not your bird, please let me know.  

Don  Morgan 

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