Another Tagged Gull

This morning I walked around Prospect Park for a few hours. Nothing majorly new, except for one Cooper’s Hawk in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The feeders were shockingly quiet. Not a bird to be seen. I look for the American Pipit that’s been reported repeatedly on the Long Meadow over the last couple of weeks, but wiffed again even though another birder found it later. However, I did find another wing tagged Ring-billed Gull on Prospect Lake, this one a first winter bird. As best I can make out its number is A288:

1st Winter Ring-billed Gull, Wing tag A288 Black on Red

Likely all the wing tagged gulls that are showing up lately are coming from Massachusetts where Dr. Tom French has been banding gulls. I should know more shortly. Multiple birders have been reporting them around the city. This is possibly the fourth from Prospect Lake alone.

Update: yep, this bird was banded at the Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester County, Massachusetts on October 27, 2009, just a few months before I saw it. Sex unknown and born in 2008 or earlier. (Probably 2008 would be my guess based on the bird’s plumage when I found it.)

A288 certificate

Total species count for the morning was a respectable 27:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Mute Swan
  3. American Black Duck
  4. Mallard
  5. Northern Shoveler
  6. Bufflehead
  7. Ruddy Duck
  8. American Coot
  9. Ring-billed Gull
  10. Herring Gull
  11. Great Black-backed Gull
  12. Rock Pigeon
  13. Mourning Dove
  14. Cooper’s Hawk
  15. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  16. Downy Woodpecker
  17. Blue Jay
  18. American Crow
  19. Black-capped Chickadee
  20. Tufted Titmouse
  21. White-breasted Nuthatch
  22. Carolina Wren
  23. Hermit Thrush
  24. European Starling
  25. White-throated Sparrow
  26. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
  27. Northern Cardinal

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