Anyone Know Of A Seagull Banding Program? This Seagull Had a Band On Its Leg Reading OK9

This seagull was on the front of our dock and luckily I whipped out my hog cameraphone and was able to get some shots which blown up gave the ability to view the code on the tag.  Only problem is I can’t tell where to report it to.  It’s obviously part of some scientific tagging program but I just don’t know which one.  Any help or if someone knows, pass the link to this post along to that outfit.

 

the band is Black  with white inscription reading OK9. You can click the pic for a larger view of the band on it’s leg.

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18 thoughts on “Anyone Know Of A Seagull Banding Program? This Seagull Had a Band On Its Leg Reading OK9

  1. Hi Joey I don’t know of any banding programs but I do remember when I was a kid and that they died seagulls different colors to study their migration habits. It drove the tourists crazy.

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    1. Hello swimdad,
      My dad was an artist and painted among the Gloucester boats durring the 60s-70s. As a kid, I would go with him and run around the docks while he painted. I remember seeing colored seagulls for awhile. Just recently, I contacted the Gloucester archives to see if there was any record of the colored seagull project. Noone had heard of such a thing. I was beginning to think maybe I dreamed it. Today, they sent me your post. Thank goodness! Now I know I’m not crazy. It was a wild thing to see.

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  2. i don’t know of any banding going on but i don’t really keep up with that.
    i would call us fish and wildlife they can probably direct you to who knows.
    i’m sure who ever is banding would be interested to know where the gull is.
    looks like a very healthy first year baby black back gull

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  3. I also saw a banded blackback seagull on the coast if Maine last week. One leg had a white band with a green strip, with the initials BK, and the other leg had a silver band on it.

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  4. Saw a seagull in Seekonk, MA with a 2” diameter orange tag on each side of it’s body, attached to the wing somehow I assume. A536 was clearly visible on both tags

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  5. I am feeding a flock of seagulls daily. one has a small band on its left leg, to small to see anything without capturing the bird. This is at Walker Lake NV. Any luck finding out anymore information would be appreciated.

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  6. Joey – we rescued an injured gull on Plum Cove brach. It had the same kind of banding. We ended up bringing it to Tufts in Grafton unfortunately they had to put it to sleep. They gave the banding information to Cornell. It turns out that the gull was banded as an infant on Appledore Island in the Isles of Shoals. UNH and Cornell run research programs there. http://www.sml.cornell.edu

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