Dear gull enthusiasts,
On an icy, wintery trip to Sable Island this month, I was able to capture and deploy wing-tags on a dozen Great Black-backed Gulls that were happily gorging themselves on the carcasses of seal pups that didn't make it. There are far too many Black-backs on the island in the winter for them to be loafers sticking around from the summer breeding season. So...they are likely traveling here from other colonies (Maine? New Brunswick? Newfoundland?) to indulge on the ill fated seals.
|Greater Black-backed Gull|
Check out my latest blog entry for details and pictures of these blue/turquoise wing-tags on the birds.
Dept. of Biology, Acadia University