Feisty Great Black-Backed Gull

It is Tuesday morning, Doug and I went out on our weekly birding/photography trip. The day started out sunny with fluffy clouds and temperatures in the 40s. Our first stop was Peter Oliver’s Colonial Mill, Middleborough, Massachusetts. The Herring have been running, at all our previous visits the gulls were present but only in flight over the area. There were none fishing.

Well today, some gulls were sitting on the bank and viewing the fast running water looking for Herring. All but one were great black-backed gulls. The other gull was a herring gull.

At one point, the herring gull was sitting quietly and beside it was a great black-backed gull, which’s started out minding its own business. Suddenly, the great black-backed gull became feisty and started attacking the herring gull until the herring gulls flew away. The exciting part was that the great-black-backed gull was wearing bands on its legs. The medal USGS band was unreadable, but, the colored band was readable. The band was black with white lettering 3Y7. I reported the band a twww.reportband.gov and already received an answer to when and where the location of the banding took place. It was banded before it could fly in June 2014 in York County Maine.

Herring gull and great black-backed gull sitting quietly
Great black-back gull becoming feisty
Great black-back gull becoming feisty
Great black-back gull becoming feisty

While continuing to watch the gulls, the herring gull jumped into the water and caught a herring. Immediately the Herring gull was chased by the great black-backed gulls until the herring gull dropped the fish and none of the gulls got a meal

Herring gull catching an Alewife
Herring gull catching an Alewife
The chase of the Herring gull bike great black-backed gulls
The chase of the Herring gull bike great black-backed gulls
The chase of the Herring gull bike great black-backed gulls
The chase of the Herring gull bike great black-backed gulls
The chase of the Herring gull bike great black-backed gulls