Sunday, August 14, 2016 Herring Gull with transmitter

Seward, Alaska

Today about 1:30, a single Herring-type Gull flew over my head and landed at the tideline. As it passed, I noticed a very odd thing, an antenna sticking out from its back! Its feathers partially covered a gray box, presumably a transmitter. The gull was obviously bothered by this thing and tried to pry and preen it off, without success.

Does anybody know who might be tracking Herring Gulls in Alaska?

It would be interesting to know where this bird started and where it has been. Most Herring Gulls migrate from this area by September, so it may already be en route.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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