Gulls of Appledore
GoShoals | 10:11 am | June 18, 2012 | Announcements
The Gulls of Appledore blog writes with a sighting:
Noah and Peggy forwarded an Appledore gull resight from Meagan Sims, a Marine Science graduate student at UNE. On April 23, 2012, Meagan reported that she’d seen a dead, banded gull on Muskeget Island a few months prior. Muskeget is located off Nantucket Island in Massachusetts and is an interesting place. It is one of three colonies in the Atlantic U.S. where gray seals pup. The island has has its own taxon of vole (not clear if it’s a subspecies of the Meadow vole or a separate species): the Muskeget beach vole. The waters around the island are highly productive and support thousands of sea ducks and scoters in the winter months. In the 1800s, Roseate and Common Terns nested on Muskeget until they were displaced by Laughing Gulls, which were subsequently displaced by Herring Gulls. Currently, Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls nest on the island.… Read More!