Captured 01/05/12 at Lincoln Plaza, Worcester, MA
Captured using a rocket net baited with crackers
Sub-adult male ring-billed gull
Orange wing-tags: A653
Red leg band: 103
Federal leg band: 0994-04397
Released on site
Sightings: This is the first sighting of this gull since its capture.
Below is a digi-bin snapshot of the bird with its "catch".
When I got home I pickup a voice message from a woman, in Westminster, that had a dead bird (perhaps a window strike?). She thought it was a pigeon, but thought it odd that it was banded. I stopped by her home for the bird, figuring I might be able track down its origin. It certainly was a pigeon with a metal band on its left leg and a red band on its right. From the American Racing Pigeon Union's web site I was able to glean the following, based off the band information:
AU98: (AU signifying it was an American Racing Pigeon Union affiliated bird and 98 was the year it was banded and hatched, so it was 13 or 14 years old).
WVC : Is the specific club's letter code, that being the Wayne Valley Club, out of Wayne, New Jersey
9084: the band number.
I did leave a voice mail from the online contact information but have not heard back to confirm.
Below is a photo of that pigeon....and now for another pigeon story......
...yesterday (2/8) on the way home from school I stopped off Prospect Hill Road in Royalston for a few minutes, hoping for siskins and/or Evening Grosbeaks. A Rock Pigeon flew in from the north landing on the roof of a nearby home, it seemed an odd place for a pigeon. A few minutes later it landed closer, on a garage roof, it was banded. I was able to read most of the band info through the binocular but was missing a few characters. While retrieving a pencil and paper from the car, to jot down the numbers I had, it landed on car roof! Swapping out the binocular for my reading glasses I was able to get all the band info!
NPA : National Pigeon Association
11 : banded hatch year
CG: an alpha code of the band # sequence
868: band #
I have an email to that organization and hoping will find this bird's origin.
Below are photos from a few Essex County birds this January and feeders birds at home:
Northern Shoveler (with mallards) at Loblolly Cove in Rockport, Ma.
A drake Gadwall at Eastern Point, Gloucester, Ma.
Female House Finch on the back deck
Dark-eyed Junco in a flower pot on the deck.