If you read Chuck Tague’s Nature Observer journal you’ve seen this picture recently. It’s a ring-billed gull with a fluorescent orange wing tag acquired as part of a gull study in Chicago. When Chuck snapped this picture, the gull was at Flagler Beach, Florida.
Before I saw Chuck’s photo I hadn’t thought much about wing-tags but suddenly there’s a spate of reports on PABIRDS of tagged gulls in eastern Pennsylvania. One gull was found in Berks County, the other 50 miles away in Bucks County. Both were tagged for a Massachusetts reservoir study.
So how do people catch gulls? The details made me laugh.
One gull was captured at a Walmart parking lot in Northborough, Massachusetts using a rocket net baited with Cheez-Its. The other was captured in Worcester, Mass using a rocket net baited with bread and popcorn.
Junk food is their weakness.
I wonder what tempted this guy. Fritos?
(photo by Chuck Tague)